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Online applications are now available for B.C. government funding to help tree fruit growers replant their orchards

Online applications are now available for B.C. government funding to help tree fruit growers replant their orchards with high- value, high-quality fruit varieties.

The funding is part of the B.C. government’s $8.4-million seven-year tree fruit replant program announced in November.

The program will result in an estimated 1,500 acres of orchards being replanted by 2021, and about 2,600 jobs each year for the Okanagan.

Application packages are available at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/topic.page?id=D188877E1CEA411B89E2A62EA9812B05

B.C. growers produced Canada’s second largest tree fruit crop in 2013, including more than 103,000 tonnes of apples, sweet cherries, peaches, pears, plums/prunes, nectarines and apricots.

The total represents about one-fourth of the total Canadian production, and generated almost $103 million in farm cash receipts.