Agriculture & Seafood
The broad geography and climate of B.C. enables us to produce an impressive number of food products. British Columbians are proud of the over 200 agriculture commodities and 100 seafood species we harvest. In addition, B.C. has more than 1,500 businesses that produce foods and beverages ranging from breakfast cereal to wine to nutraceuticals.
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Growing our economy is a key focus of the B.C. government. We have a goal of building B.C. agriculture revenue from over $13 billion currently to $15 billion a year by 2020. The government of British Columbia offers support, guidance, and funding to B.C.’s agriculture and seafood industries.
Each agricultural region in B.C. has its own character and growing conditions, and each is known for producing a range of crops, livestock, and processed food products. Information and resources are specific to each region.
B.C. farmers grow a wide variety of crops and animals. Some growers and producers are also focusing on high-quality, value-added products, such as wine, baked goods, soups and sauces. Resources are available for growers, including financial programs, diagnostic services and information on production and pest management practices.
The marine fisheries, aquaculture and seafood sectors are important contributors to the provincial economy and are the foundation for many coastal communities. The B.C. government leads the provincial policy and initiatives related to the following activities:
Protecting soil, water, air and biodiversity is important for the agricultural sector. Government provides tools and information to support farmers and growers ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly use of these resources.
Safe food production and processing needs a farm to plate approach. To continue to protect public health and market stability, the agri-food and seafood industry use the best available preventive food safe practices.
To support the agriculture and seafood industry and consumers, government collects and produces statistical information on industry performance, market and trade analyses, sector and regional profiles.
The B.C. government provides tools, information and resources on best practices for business growth for the agriculture and seafood sector.