This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
As an Okanagan MLA, Letnick

notes it took a lot of arm-twisting to get cabinet to approve an expenditure of $2 million for another orchard replant program, so he hopes the industry will use it to move out of growing varieties that aren’t profitable. A panel made up of industry and

government representatives is being set up to look at issues in B.C. that are hindering the agri-food sector from being competitive, with a goal of expanding markets for our products, he said. “We need to innovate to grow our

markets and ensure we comply with our customers' needs. It’s important we look at new models and varieties and a range of maturity dates.” As well, he noted the Okanagan

Tree Fruit Co-operative needs a more modern facility to reduce its costs. Farmers should cull fruit in the

orchard to help reduce the co-op’s costs, he added. The co-op is at an important

juncture, with growers going independent and taking the critical mass away from the main co- operative. That weakens the co-op. “Government can’t force people to

belong and growers have asked me to find the funds to engage a mediator. “I’m reaching out to the co-op to

see if there’s interest. If so, I’ll go back to staff to see if we can find some money for it.”

At September’s meeting of

provincial agriculture ministers and federal minister Gerry Ritz, Letnick said he talked with Ritz about trade barriers to exporting cherries to China, and Ritz said Ottawa is working hard to open up that market. On the question of moving B.C.

wines across provincial borders, Letnick said he has had good discussions with both the Alberta and Ontario agriculture ministers, and they were optimistic their borders would be opened up. He said he’s committed to

preventing any further budget cutbacks in the agriculture ministry, although he realizes the next budget must be a ‘hold-the-line’ budget. Letnick said he loves being minister

of agriculture and hopes to continue in the post for some time to come. Since being named to the post in

early September, he said he’s been touring the province meeting with farmers and processors and learning about the agriculture sector in B.C. He noted there are 300 commodities in this province, which makes it both interesting and challenging.



Got a gripe?*

Or maybe even a compliment. Perhaps an opinion you’d like to share, or a question you’d like answered.

Drop us a line.

by snail-mail: BC Fruit Grower, Suite 22-515, 2475 Dobbin Road, Westbank, BC V4T 2E9

by e-mail: editorial@

*Not to be confused with the Australian word for grape

NEW Princeton Location West Coast Equipment

311 Culbertson Way, Princeton, BC Call George 250-295-0101

Dial 800/572-1553 and reserve the varieties you'll need for 2013 planting or contact Luis DeMelo at 250/495-6143, Osoyoos

* No interest and no payments until April 1 or 15, 2013. Interest and payments begin April 1 or 15, 2013 (based on contract date). Interest/payment-free period is not in addition to contract term. With approved credit. Discounts may vary by model. Program restrictions may apply. See dealer for details. All prices are FOB Abbotsford yard. For other pricing please contact your closest dealer. Offer expires January 15, 2013.

Powered by Mitsubishi British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Winter 2012-13 17

Serving the Fraser Valley: Handlers Equipment

39451 No 3 Rd. Abbotsford, BC Call Joel 604-850-3601 Ext. 225

HURRY IN TO SAVE ON MODEL 3616 CAB $398 per month with $5000 down Package includes loader OR

Save $4,123.00 on a cash sale. Come in for our Red Ribbon Holiday Sale, and save on the world’s #1 selling tractor before this deal ends.



Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28