BC farmers and food producers joined Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick to celebrate BC Agrifoods Day at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria today.
Farm machinery and tractors were on display on the grounds of the Parliament Buildings, and meetings between BCAC and BCFPA leaders, Letnick and MLAs took place on how to grow sector sustainability and sales.
Letnick congratulated representatives from the BC Agriculture Council and the BC Food Processors Association on the record sales.
In 2014, $12.3 billion worth of BC food products were sold in 2014, the highest number in sales ever. This is up $700 million from the year before. Sales all together are $1.8 billion higher than they were in 2010.
Over 200 primary agriculture products and about 100 species of fish, shellfish and marine plants are produced in BC.
The food and beverage processing industry consists of more than 1,800 firms, and is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the province.
BC Agrifoods Day was declared to increase awareness and appreciation for the high quality and diverse range of foods produced right here at home, and included a proclamation declaring November 3rd as Agrifoods Day.
The BC government is helping build the domestic and export markets for homegrown food.
The $6 million Buy Local program has helped BC companies find new customers locally, while a network of 13 international trade offices, BC trade missions, and innovation and market development funding have all played roles in growing BC’s exports, which – at $3 billion in 2014 – set a record of their own.