B.C. food exports rose in 2010
Agri-food and seafood exports from B.C. grew more than eight per cent last year
Victoria, B.C. – New statistics from British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture show that agri-food and seafood exports from the province jumped more than eight per cent in the first 10 months of 2010.
The two sectors combined exported $2.3 billion worth of product during those 10 months. That includes $206.9 million worth of fruit and nuts, and $108.9 million of domestic vegetables.
Year-end numbers also show that total livestock sales from B.C. producers increased almost two per cent in 2010, while at the same time sales of eggs, honey and greenhouse vegetables like pepper and tomatoes all showed gains due to increased demand and higher prices. Crop and livestock commodity sales were an estimated $1.769 billion.
The province’s key agricultural export partners are the U.S., Japan, China, Hong Kong and South Korea.