Co-op picks funds

Senior government funding is being directed towards efficiencies in the Okanagan’s fruit sector.

Senior government funding is being directed towards efficiencies in the Okanagan’s fruit sector.

The federal and provincial governments will provide $2.7 million to the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, which processes the valley’s tree fruits.

“Through this investment, hardworking tree fruit growers will have the tools they need to modernize their packing house, increase efficiencies, lower costs and grow their businesses,” said Ron Cannan, Kelowna-Lake Country MP, Friday.

The funding is expected to reduce total operating costs by $340,000 annually.

Created in 2008 through the amalgamation of four packinghouses, the OTFC is the largest packinghouse operation in Canada.

It is a grower-owned co-operative with more than 700 members combining their talents to grow, pack, and ship over 3.5 million boxes of fruit each year.