B.C. growers contributed to a record-setting year in 2018, with annual revenue from businesses in those sectors reaching $15 billion for the first time.
“It was an excellent year for agriculture in British Columbia. The hard work of many has led to record results,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “The people who make up B.C.’s agriculture industry are hard working and dedicated, and their passion for growing, raising, harvesting and producing fresh great-tasting food and beverages is why the industry is reaching new heights.”
Primary agriculture in B.C. generated $3.45 billion in FCR;
this was 6.0 percent higher than in 2017. Over 17,500 farms utilized 2.6 million hectares – which is less than three percent of the provincial land base – to produce over 200 agriculture products.
The top 10 commodities in terms of FCR in B.C. in 2018 were: dairy products; chickens; greenhouse vegetables; floriculture; beef; mushrooms; nursery products; blueberries; eggs; and sweet cherries.