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Few returnees on hand
w-look board for SIR program
for year’s first meeting,
the fund. She noted that the amount of
orchard acreage has decreased in the
leafroller pest as well. Leafroller used
where three per cent levy
last few years, which means the cost to
to be controlled with sprays similar to
growers has to be shared among fewer
those used for codling moth control, so
increase gets budget
of them.
the problem with leafroller becoming
bigger as spraying for codling moth
$1.68 million to come from taxpayers in
The total budget is $3.4 million, with becomes less necessary.
approval.
the four regional districts that are part
of the codling moth pest control
industry look at controlling other
Steele noted it’s important the
program.
insect pests without sprays in order for
the Okanagan and Similkameen to
work toward designation as an area of
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this year will increase to $137.20 per
Orchardists pay a parcel tax, which
low pest prevalence.
ith last fall’s civic elections,
acre this year
there are numerous new faces
from $133.20
last year.
be in the Fairview area, releasing
The other two pilot projects would
sterile moths only when wild codling
of the Sterile Insect Release program
around the table at meetings moths are detected in traps. In the
board.
fund is needed
The reserve
to build up
Similkameen, where orchardists
haven’t had to spray for the codling
meeting in late January was Kevin
Elected as chairman at the first funds to replace moth for several years, the project will
Flynn from the Columbia Shuswap
the gamma cell involve intensive monitoring with
Regional District. He’s one of the few
used to irradiate pheromone traps using targeted
returning board members, but one who
moths to release of sterile moths to determine
admits candidly he has no farming
sterilize them. the capacity for sustaining low
background.
The sterile
moths are then
populations.
Kelowna, who has retired from politics.
He replaced orchardist Colin Day of Kevin Flynn released in board is looking at future directions for
An ad hoc committee of the SIR
the program. There are currently only
Okanagan Similkameen Regional
Orchardist Allan Patton from the mate ineffectively with wild moths.
orchards to
20 sites where the codling moth
District was elected vice-chairman. He’s
populations are not considered to be
another returning board member.
there will be three pilot projects
McCurrach told board members
conducted this year to ensure areas
“under control.”
representing the Central Okanagan
Greenhouse grower Graeme James, with high levels of codling moth program is working best, growers
In parts of the region where the
Regional District, and Rick Fairbairn,
infestation are brought under control haven’t had to spray for codling moth
from the North Okanagan, round out
and to safeguard areas where pest for several years, saving the cost of
the board.
control has been achieved. putting on five or six sprays a year.
Brian Given of CORD, entomologist
Non-voting board members include still some ‘hot spots’ with high
In East Kelowna, where there are
community, with fewer chemical
That’s a huge benefit to the whole
Susanna Acheampong of the provincial
infestations of the pest, staff may use a sprays going into the environment,
agriculture ministry, John Berry from
multiple mating disruption lure, which noted McCurrach, which is why there’s
the federal ministry, Dr. Felicitas
Acheampong explained confuses the a levy on all taxpayers as well as a
Katepa-Mupondwa from the Pacific
moths so they don’t get to mate. parcel tax growers must pay. The only
Agri-food Research Centre, Brian
way such a program can work is if it’s
Mennell representing organic growers,
way with a dual lure, which would give
There are also experiments under
an area-wide effort, with everyone
Joe Sardhina, president of the B.C. Fruit
off pheromones to confuse the involved in controlling the pest.
Growers’ Association, and Fred Steele,
BCFGA vice-president. Chartered Accountants
upcoming year, the board reviewed
In approving a budget for the
several options, including increases of
two per cent or four per cent. They
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voted in favour of keeping increases to
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three per cent for both the regional
district requisition and orchardists’
share, even though it meant taking
some money out of reserves in order to
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keep the increase down.
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spending from reserves as well, but SIR
Last year’s budget included some
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general manager Cara McCurrach said
that wasn’t needed, so it remained in
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