April 17, 2019
by PETER MITHAM
Vegetable production isn’t going to pot in the Lower Mainland, attendees of the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission’s annual general meeting heard April 10.
A year ago, the removal of 96 acres of regulated greenhouse acreage – primarily sweet bell peppers – for cannabis production threatened to squeeze commission revenues.
“We can speculate that that number is increasing,” commission general manager Andre Solymosi said of the lost acreage.
While the commission collected a lower volume of levies in 2018 – $329,115 versus $345,369 in 2017 – the decline wasn’t as sharp it could have been if new acreage hadn’t been added.
The net loss was actually between 50 and 60 acres, and additional acreage this year should boost greenhouse production to levels comparable to 2017.
Meanwhile, cannabis production continues to expend. Pure Sunfarms, a joint venture between greenhouse vegetable producer Village Farms International Inc. and Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc., announced last week it was exercising its option to a second 25-acre greenhouse in Delta for cannabis production. It now has rights to 50 acres of production space.
All told, industry sources indicate that more than 225 acres could eventually be growing cannabis in the Lower Mainland.
Cannabis will likely be among the concerns addressed the annual general meeting of the BC Greenhouse Growers Association, which takes place April 17 in Surrey.
Vol. 105 Issue 5
STORIES IN THIS EDITION
What on earth?
Opposition slams ALC bill
Sidebar: Protection & pushback
Editorial: Truth in labelling
Back Forty: So you don’t believe in climate change
Viewpoint: Don’t blame the cows for global warming
Ag council’s lobbying efforts produce results
Learning a new skill
Foundation’s nest egg for funding projects increases
Province will hold the line on piece rates
New CEO aims to kindle team spirit at co-op
FIRB decision prompts rethink of pricing scheme
Beekeepers see potential in technology transfer
AgSafe markes quarter century
Raspberries hit hard by harsh February
Blueberry growers anxious for new varieties
Biological controls for pests in demand
Sidebar: Pesticides in play
Growers urged to focus on fresh
Westgen celebrates 75 years of excellence
Top seller was no-show at Holstein sale
Spring show attracts exhibitors from Quebec
Cheesemakers unite to grow niche market
Range use permits under greater scrutiny
Sidebar: Range use plans go digital
Market Musings: Top bulls sell for top dollar at spring sales
Grapegrowers share sustainability objectives
Grape specialist honoured for dedication
Hazelnut production expands across BC
Sidebar: Pest pressures
Supporters take to AITC’s Sips & Sprouts
Research: Cultured meat fails to impress researchers
UAVs undergo testing for pesticide delivery
Sustainability goes beyond saving farmland
Father and daughter roll with the last of the steel wheels
Woodshed: Susan Henderson is warming to country life
Wannabe: Farming is more than just a job
Surplus, cull fruit finds new purpose as tasty snacks
Jude’s Kitchen: Special food for special moms