Langley, B.C. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is investing more than $2.8 million in British Columbia’s berry industry.
The funding will go towards the development of new production practices and pest management tools through the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association (LMHIA).
Berry producers will benefit from the development of more efficient, environmentally sound production practices, such as high-quality berry cultivars that are resistant to pests and diseases.
The association will also receive more than $1 million in funding from strategic partnerships with the B.C. Blueberry Council, the Raspberry Industry Development Council, the B.C. Cranberry Marketing Commission, and the B.C. Strawberry Growers Association. It will also receive support and expertise from the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, ES Cropconsult, the B.C. Institute of Technology, and the University of the Fraser Valley.
Canada’s berry industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the agriculture industry, worth more than $200 million in 2012. Berry exports have also doubled in the last 10 years, and were $211 million in 2013.