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February 8, 2011

NEWS RELEASE: Tree Fruit Industry Meets to Seek Way Forward Through Third Of Poor Returns

Kelowna –The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative (OTFC) and the BC Fruit Growers’ Association (BCFGA) held an emergency meeting of their Boards of Directors on February 7th to discuss the current disastrous market returns for apples. The low returns are caused primarily by a large crop size in Washington State, increasing bargaining power of retailers as further consolidation of food stores occurs, the strong Canadian dollar, a lack of competitive strategy and agricultural food policy from the federal and provincial governments, and the failure of governmental agricultural programs to protect BC apple growers from an unfairly subsidized competition.

Tree Fruit Industry Meets to Seek Way Forward Through Third Year Of Poor Returns


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