Plans for an apple research and promotion agency have been shot down.
A total of 269 growers took part in the vote on a proposed apple industry development council for B.C. There were 135 yes votes and 133 no votes, but a minimum of 65 per cent positive votes was required for the plan to be forwarded to the agriculture minister.
“While the BCFGA hoped the initiative would pass, it is clear that the industry is not, ready for an apple research and promotion agency,” said Fred Steele, B.C. Fruit Growers Association president.