Fruit growers in Okanagan are grappling with the aftermath of another harsh cold snap. According to Wine Growers BC CEO, Miles Prodan, the impact on vineyards could be “catastrophic”. The extent of the damage to fruit crops is still being assessed.
Sukhpaul Bal, the president of the B.C. Cherry Association, has indicated that there could be significant bud damage, with more information expected next week. Alan Gatzke of Gatzke Orchards voiced concerns over potential partial bud damage that might not bear fruit, though he doesn't believe the extreme cold will entirely decimate crops or kill trees.
Addressing the issue, Agriculture and Food Minister Pam Alexis stated the government's commitment to supporting the B.C. wine industry and tree fruit sector. She highlighted a $200 million investment in B.C. food security and a new $15 million perennial crop renewal program to help revitalize the tree fruit and grape sectors. Alexis also mentioned ongoing work on a stabilization plan to boost competitiveness, production, and sustainability for B.C. tree fruit and grape growers.
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