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The B.C. government has been partnering with growers and trading partners to increase markets for B.C. farmers and food producers, and the benefits of working together are showing results.
The growth in sales has occurred across B.C.’s diverse agrifood and seafood sectors with: The primary agriculture sector (farmers, ranchers and producers) up 4.5 percent to $3.1 billion; the seafood sector up 4.7 percent to $867 million; and the food and beverage manufacturing sector up 9.1 percent to $9.1 billion. B.C. market shares are expanding in part through programs supported by the B.C. government.
The $8-million Buy Local program increases the sales of B.C. products within the province, while a network of 13 international trade offices, B.C. trade missions, and innovation and market development funding have all played roles in growing B.C.’s sales across the country and around the world.
Increasing production, driving competitiveness, and building markets are three key priorities of the B.C. Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Growth Plan that has an overall goal of growing the B.C. agrifoods sector to a $15-billion-a-year industry by 2020.
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