British Columbia is the largest raspberry-producing province in Canada and leads the nation in the sale of raspberries valued at nearly $14 million. Most of that production, about 2,350 acres, is in the Fraser Valley. That’s why fresh provincial funds of $300,000 for the Raspberry Replant Program are so important.
“The B.C. raspberry industry greatly appreciates the continued ministerial support for the Raspberry Replant Program,” says Jordan Alamwala, chair, BC Raspberries. “This program will be imperative in helping raspberry farmers grow varieties that are better suited for the fresh and individually quick frozen markets, ultimately ensuring that high quality raspberries continue to be grown and sourced locally in British Columbia into the future.”
The 2020-2021 replant program provided cost-share funding for 12 producers resulting in 46 acres of new raspberries in British Columbia.
Applications for the Raspberry Replant Program will be accepted from Oct. 12 to Dec. 6, 2021, to support the spring 2022 raspberry planting season.
Source: BC ministry of agriculture, food and fisheries October 6, 2021 news release