The B.C. Agricultural Land Commission is struggling to encourage farming and keep agricultural land in the province.
The revelations come out of the most recent Audit of the Agricultural Land Commission by the Province’s Auditor General John Doyle.
He says there are still numerous challenges that exist even after recommendations had been made by the Auditor General’s Office in 1994.
The report looked at various items the commission is responsible for, including if it was preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming.
The findings suggest the commission did not properly evaluate any decisions it had made, nor did it have a proper knowledge of the land under its jurisdiction, including whether or not it was appropriate for agriculture.
The commission oversees the Agricultural Land Reserve, consisting of 4.7 million hectares of land across the province. One of its responsibilities include determining if land will be put forward for non-farm uses or adding or removing land from its overall land base.
In the North Peace Region, the North Pine Farmer’s Institute has been seeing the effects of diminishing agricultural land and farming. The organization recently purchased a grain elevator and surrounding land in Fort St. John to help keep infrastructure available for grain farmers in the area.