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Assessments continue on post-flood B.C. blueberry fields

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British Columbia blueberry growers are welcoming the long-awaited news of a $228-million joint relief fund to help B.C. farmers recover from the flooding in late 2021. The assistance program is a joint federal-provincial initiative and applications for funds opened on February 7th, 2022, as reported by Fresh Plaza.

Over the next few days, the B.C. Blueberry Council based in Abbotsford, BC will review the fine print of the AgriRecovery program. It says once it has a better understanding of the program, it can determine if it adequately covers the losses of blueberry growers.

November’s flooding affected at least 2,500 acres of blueberries–though approximately 700-1000 acres were more severely impacted–largely affecting the Sumas Prairie region. In all, the province is home to more than 26,000 acres of highbush blueberries, an acreage that on average produces 165 million lbs. of blueberries a year.

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