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New $15 billion goal for agriculture in British Columbia

Staff writer |
Agriculture, food processing and seafood industry in British Columbia has grown 17 percent since 2012.

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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.

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