New $15 billion goal for agriculture in British Columbia
Industry revenues hit $12.3 billion this year — up $1.8 billion in three years — paced by double-digit growth in food exports to the United States, China and Japan, according to government figures.
Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick set a new goal of $15 billion in revenue for the sector by 2020 with the release of a revamped British Columbia Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Plan.
The plan sets a lofty goal to increase sales of local products in the rest of Canada by $1.1 billion, trade that continues to be hampered by interprovincial trade barriers. ■