Spallumcheen Township Council is once again asking its local agricultural workers to participate in its agribusiness feasibility study.
The Township is exploring the potential of three parcels of land located southeast of Spallumcheen along Highways 97A and 97, and the study aims to determine if agricultural industry uses can be supported in these locations.
Between the heat dome, wildfires and flooding, the local agricultural industry has been hit hard over the past year, prompting the council to take action.
“The first step is to identify where the gaps are locally. What types of treatment do we need? We have the producers, but they cannot get their product to the processing facilities. said Mayor Christine Fraser. “That’s why we sought funds to carry out this study. We need to hear from agricultural producers and our partners to know where to focus our efforts.
The township received provincial and federal funding through a grant program administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia to complete the feasibility study of the township-owned parcels. The study aims to determine whether agricultural transformation can be sustained in the region and what type of transformation is needed.
The township wants to know what members of the local agricultural industry would like to see as processing options available for their agricultural products. The township is reaching out to the Minister of Agriculture, the Agricultural Lands Commission (ALC), local growers and retailers to learn about the needs and challenges facing the industry locally, as well as the opportunities that exist for the future industry in the North Okanagan.
“Agriculture is a key part of Spallumcheen’s history and we need your input to help the council ensure it is a key part of our future,” Fraser said.
Agribusiness can take many forms, including, but not limited to:
• Food processing plants (eg milk, cheese, jams, juices, flour, cereals)
• Fruit and vegetable packaging plants
• Cold storage facilities
• Distilleries, breweries, cellars
• Manufacture of agricultural machinery and equipment
The survey was originally conducted in late 2021. For further comment, the survey has been relaunched with an extended deadline of Tuesday, March 8 at 11:59 p.m. The survey can be viewed online or in print at the office of the canton. at 4144 Spallumcheen Way.
Questions or comments about the project can be directed to the Township at [email protected] or 250-546-3013.