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B.C. apple growers on the brink of ruin


April 26, 2010
By The Globe and Mail

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April 26, 2010, Kelowna, B.C. – In better economic times, Kelowna
apple grower Kirpal Boparai would have a small nest egg of cash left
over from last year’s crop to cover his labour, equipment, fertilizer
and chemical costs for the coming year.

April 26, 2010, Kelowna, B.C. – In better economic times, Kelowna
apple grower Kirpal Boparai would have a small nest egg of cash left
over from last year’s crop to cover his labour, equipment, fertilizer
and chemical costs for the coming year.

But after two straight
years of record-low prices, Mr. Boparai, like many Okanagan orchardists,
will be pleading with his banker this spring for a hefty operating loan
to carry him through the upcoming season.

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