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Okanagan growers benefit from replant program

May 28, 2012  By Penticton Western News

The Province is providing B.C. apple and tree fruit growers with $2 million to help replant low-value orchards with high-demand varieties. L to R: Jeet Karpel, vice-president of the BC Tree Fruit Growers Association, Minister of Agriculture, Don McRae, MLA Norma Letnick, MLA Ben Stewart, MLA Steve Thomson and BCTFG president, Kirpal Bopari. BC Government

May 28, 2012, Penticton, BC – The province of B.C. is targeting five new varieties of apples in the latest replant program being offered to the province’s fruit growers.

Minister of Agriculture Don McRae recently announced a three-year, $2 million targeted replant program aimed at helping growers replant low-value orchards with high-demand varieties like Ambrosia, Gala, Pink Lady, New Summerland and Honeycrisp.

This comes in the wake of survey results released by the B.C. Fruit Growers Association showing that despite being in the fourth year of low prices and losses, grower confidence in the industry is on the rise. READ MORE

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