Farm upgrade funding available for
South Okanagan fruit growers

A provincial program to encourage the planting of “high-value and high-quality” fruit is offering $5 million in replanting incentives — with a January 31 deadline for applications looming.

The fruit  — such as honeycrisp, ambrosia and pink lady apples, as well as late-season cherries — are in high demand, both locally and around the world, the province says.

The replant program helps fruit growers replace their orchard’s fruit trees with these popular varieties.

In 2017, B.C. fruit growers produced 137,600 tonnes of apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums/prunes, nectarines and apricots. The total represents one-third of Canadian production and nearly $160 million in farm cash receipts.

The province’s $5-million Tree Fruit Competitiveness Fund announced in February 2018 was established to encourage new growers and increase production and a higher consumption of B.C. tree-fruit products, today and for future generations, the province said.

Application forms and complete tree fruit replant details are available at on the BC Fruit Growers Association website.

The replant application deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

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