BC's farm sector set record $3.9 billion in sales last year

Record farm sales in 2019

B.C.'s farm sector reported record sales in 2019.

The record $3.9 billion in sales may temper some of the adverse effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the industry.

Areas of growth included a close to $300-million increase in cannabis sales, along with a $47-million increase in dairy sales, a $25-million increase in beef sales and a $17.5-million increase in field vegetable sales.

The figures represent an increase of more than 13 per cent, or $462 million, more than 2018.

Indeed, the B.C. government hopes 2019’s bumper sales in the farming industry is a sign of a strong recovery in the future.

"For the past three years, our government has been focused on helping farmers farm and strengthening food security,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture.

“We know the pandemic has impacted farmers greatly this year, but the farming sector's record economic growth in 2019 sets the sector up for a strong recovery.

“COVID-19 has opened our eyes to the importance of our province's self-sufficiency. I urge everyone to continue to show their appreciation for our farmers and support our local food system by making a special effort to Buy BC."

As government works on the overall economic restart, more British Columbian farm workers are still needed to ensure B.C.'s agriculture sector remains strong.

"Connecting more British Columbians to agriculture jobs and careers is more important than ever as we work to restart the economy and keep this momentum going," added Popham.

“We are working together with industry as we focus on restarting our farming sector."

Other sectors/commodities with increased sales include:

  • eggs - $14 million
  • nursery - $14 million
  • chicken - $12 million
  • blueberries - $7 million
  • grapes - $5.6 million
  • grains and oilseeds - $2.7 million

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