Agriculture is a major contributor to the Okanagan’s economy, and includes a resilient mix of crops, livestock and processed products. Tourism, combined with the proximity of Kelowna and other centres, provides both local and export demand for added-value, high-value, and organic products, and for beverages such as cider, wine and beer.
This semi-arid region has exceptional growing conditions, with irrigation, fertile soil, hot summers and relatively mild winters.
Crops, Livestock & Food Processing
In northern areas, forage, dairy and cattle ranching are common, while tree-fruit and grape production dominate the central and south regions. The majority of B.C.’s tree fruit is produced here, and recent expansion of late-season grape and cherry farming is further enlarging the sector. Other products include sheep, goats, horses, poultry, berries, nuts, and greenhouse production.
Local Okanagan Information
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