Canada: B.C.'s fruit production drops amid climate and market pressures

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 21, 2024

Tridge summary

Canada's fruit production experienced a significant decline of 8.1% in 2023 due to dry conditions and temperature fluctuations, with blueberry and cranberry sales suffering the most. British Columbia, in particular, saw a $8.9 million drop in sales and a 14% decline in apple production due to harsh growing conditions like frost and extreme heat. Additionally, farmers are grappling with increased pest problems due to rising temperatures. As a result, many farmers are diversifying their crops, but alternative options like grapes, cherries, and blueberries are also vulnerable to temperature swings and wildfires, leading to further losses.
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Canada’s fruit production fell 8.1 per cent last year as dry conditions and swings in temperature across the country’s west drove reduced yields, new data from Statistics Canada shows. At a national level, the sale of blueberries fell the furthest, declining by nearly a third, while cranberry sales dropped 22 per cent in 2023. British Columbia saw the third largest decline in sales, falling $8.9 million after Quebec and New Brunswick. “Fruit growers in British Columbia were challenged by difficult growing conditions, such as untimely frost and extreme heat,” said Statistics Canada in a release Friday. B.C. led all provinces with a more than 14 per cent decline in apple production, more than double that of a far second Quebec. Ryan Swanson, who co-owns Laughing Apple Farm on Saltspring Island, B.C., with his wife, said the number of juicing apples they produced dropped about 30 per cent last year, the result of a tent caterpillar infestation and swings in temperature that impact ...
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