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The Council of the Township of Spallumcheen knows that our Agricultural industry has been hit hard over the past year. From wildfires, to heat domes to floods our producers have seen losses in all areas of agriculture locally and Council had to take action.

“The first step is to identify where the gaps are locally. What types of processing do we need? We have the producers but they can’t get their product to processing facilities.” Christine Fraser, Mayor indicated. “That’s why we sought out funding to perform this study. We need to hear from agricultural producers and partners to know where to focus our efforts.”

The Township of Spallumcheen was awarded funding in 2021 from the provincial and federal governments through a grant program administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC to complete a feasibility study for an area owned by the Township in the south part of the municipality. The study aims to determine if agri-processing can be supported in the area and what type of processing is needed.

The Township needs the input of our agricultural industry and agricultural partners. What would you like to see as available processing options for your agricultural products? We are reaching out to the entire industry from the Minister of Agriculture, to the ALC, to local producers and retailers we need to what needs and challenges the agricultural industry is experiencing locally, as well as what opportunities exist for the future of this industry in the North Okanagan.

In order to ensure everyone gets a chance to have their say the survey has been extended until Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 11:59 PST. You can access the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/SpallumcheenAgriIndustrySurvey. Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Township office, 4144 Spallumcheen Way.

Any questions or comments on this project may be directed to the Township via email at planner@spallumcheentwp.bc.ca or phone at 250-546-3013.

Mayor Fraser and Council are asking our local agricultural industry to take a few moments to make their voice heard, “Agriculture is a key part of Spallumcheen’s history and we need your input to help Council ensure it is a key part of our future.”

Full Media Release here