Politicians survey hail damage
Aug 19, 2013 / 10:51 am
Local politicians have toured some of the areas damaged by a freak hailstorm that hit the Central Okanagan last week.
MLA’s Steve Thomson and Norm Letnick, along with MP Ron Cannan and about 20 local growers, visited two Kelowna orchards and one vineyard.
The storm, which brought about two inches of hail, began around 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 and lasted for around 15 minutes. Apples and grapes were left with bruising and cuts to the skin that drastically reduces their value.
“Leaves were shredded during this hail and it will take trees up to two years to recover, so there will be lower yields in the 40 impacted farms,” says Jeet Dukhia, President of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association.
“In the meantime, growers face extra costs that include additional fertilizers and nutrients to restore the health of the trees and vines, extra time pruning out damaged fruit and the cost of getting the damaged apples and grapes off of the trees and vines.”
Some of the losses will be recovered from crop insurance and other programs, but much damage was done to the trees and vines by the hail and is not covered by such programs.
The most severe damage occurred in the riding of Thomson, who has also arranged for the provincial Minister of Agriculture to also see the decimation firsthand. That visit will also include a roundtable with impacted growers and is expected to be held next week.
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