North Okanagan directors escalate pressure for meat processing

Board wants provincial Ministry of Agriculture to take immediate action

Director Mike Macnabb wants meat processing licenses issued in the North Okanagan.

Director Mike Macnabb wants meat processing licenses issued in the North Okanagan.

North Okanagan politicians are demanding action from Victoria.

Regional District of North Okanagan directors unanimously voted Wednesday to call on the provincial government to initiate D and E meat processing licenses.

“We were told it would be resolved before Christmas and it hasn’t,” said director Mike Macnabb.

“Everyone is looking at it but nobody is doing anything. It’s a very simple process (for the government) to say yes or no.”

RDNO wants D and E meat inspection licences so on-farm slaughtering can occur.

The number of local producers has gone from 1,200 to 300 since the regulations came into force in 2007.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.