Fruit growers explore apple commission

If approved, the Apple Research and Promotion Agency will collect a levy for research and promotion projects.

The B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association has initiated a grower vote on an apple commission to help the industry act collectively on research and promotion projects.

If approved, the Apple Research and Promotion Agency will collect a levy from all apple producers with more than two acres of apples and direct the levy to research and promotion projects. Additional funding will come from matching government research and promotion programs, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit and a proposed levy on apple imports to Canada.

“We are confident that if growers take initiative to vote, the outcome will be positive,” said Jeet Dukhia, BCFGA president and a BX orchardist.

Growers may vote in person at the BCFGA annual convention Feb. 15 or by mail.

Growers are encouraged to find out information at www.bcapplecouncil.org and all registered growers who did not vote at Nov. 27 and 28 meetings will receive an information package and ballot mail in the first half of December.

Growers not receiving a package, but who are qualified to vote, may register by sending their name and contact information, along with a signed statement that they grow over two acres of apples, to: ARPA Registrar, Box 29044, Kelowna, B.C., V1W 4A7.