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British Columbia blueberry industry severely impacted by recent floods

From flooded fields and homes to supply chain issues, this is an especially challenging time for British Columbia. We stand with the those impacted by floods.

Our hearts go out to the growers whose homes are flooded. Their loss is insurmountable. Blueberry grower Jaswant Dhillon says his “family has lost everything, including precious family memories. The entire house is unsalvageable.”

In this unprecedented event of great magnitude, at least 2,500 acres of blueberries have been impacted and of these, approximately 1000 acres still remain under water, specifically in the Sumas Prairie area. The total acreage of blueberry production in B.C. is approximately 27,000 acres reports Statistics Canada.

BCblueseditedAn impacted blueberry field in the Sumas Prairie area. Image submitted by a B.C. Blueberry grower.

Some portions of the Matsqui Flats area were also completely submerged for a period of time, and other areas near the Fraser River remain flooded to a lesser extent. Growers in less flooded areas where the water drained after five to six days and was 2-3’ deep will possibly have a chance to recover their fields.

In the Sumas Prairie region, some growers report there is up to seven to eight feet of water in fields and are concerned about the long-term impact, especially due to debris and other possible issues arising from plants being submerged for an extended period.

“There is a strong possibility that severely impacted growers will need to pull out their plants and replant them, which could be a large financial expense,” says Harry Sidhu, whose family farms in Sumas Prairie. “Blueberries are a perennial plant and it takes years for a sizeable crop yield, so this may be a significant loss of income for many years.”

This is still an active and evolving situation. Currently, the Council is identifying severely impacted growers and finding ways to assist them.

“Damage to fields will need to be reassessed once the water recedes,” says Jason Smith, BC Blueberry Council Chair. Smith also says the vast majority of the growing region is not impacted and there is no short or long-term impact for consumers of blueberries.

The last few years have been challenging for the BC blueberry industry, due to unpredictable weather events and pollination challenges which led to less-than-optimal volumes in production. In 2019, the crop volume was around 200 million pounds. It dropped by approximately 20 million pounds in 2020 and by nearly 50 million pounds in 2021.

To overcome some of these challenges, impacted blueberry growers need assistance. The blueberry industry is a defining characteristic of British Columbia, and the livelihood of many families, thus the BC Blueberry Council is asking for its flood impacted members to be fully included in all government relief measures.

The Council has created a resource page outlining available assistance.

For more information:
BCblueslogoeditedClara Moran-Sakalauskas
Brooklynn Doucette
B.C. Blueberry Council
Tel: +1 (604) 864 2117

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Israel announces creation of global seed company

Two Israeli seed producers, Nirit Seeds and TomaTech, have joined forces to create Israel’s largest vegetable seed company. This synergy will enable unique seed breeding research and development that will accelerate the company’s growth in the international seed markets.

Upon completion of the merger, the company will have more than 80 employees worldwide, including molecular biologists, breeders, agronomists, and others.
The company will improve its breeding activities in Israel, Spain, Mexico and Italy, as well as significantly expand its representation in the Netherlands and North America, with a particular focus on growing vegetables in high-tech greenhouses.

Nirit Seeds is one of the most successful internationally traded tomato and pepper seed producers, investing in the development of revolutionary genetic technologies. TomaTech is one of the leading tomato seed companies in Israel, developing premium varieties, including those resistant to the dangerous Tomato Brown Ruffle Virus (ToBRFV).

The production of crop seeds is one of the most advanced and high-tech sectors in Israel. According to the Seed Department of the Federation of Israel Chambers of Commerce, seed exports currently generate $200 million in annual revenue. There are about 25 large and medium-sized companies in the local industry.

For reference. According to market research, the global vegetable seed industry is valued at $8 billion a year and is growing at a CAGR of 8%.

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Karachay-Cherkessia became one of the leaders in the production of greenhouse vegetables at the end of 2021


Greenhouse vegetable production in 2021 reached a record 1.4 million tonnes. According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, the leaders among the regions in this segment are the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Chelyabinsk regions, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories, the Republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. These regions account for more than 60% of the total production in the country. The intensive development of greenhouse projects in our country helps to provide Russians with fresh vegetables all year round. Last year, the harvest in winter greenhouses updated the 2020 record – more than 1.4 million tons of products were received. Including the production of cucumbers amounted to at least 830 thousand tons, and tomatoes – 590 thousand tons. It is expected that by 2025 the volume of vegetable production in year-round greenhouses will be at least 1.6 million tons of vegetables.


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December: Special Year Overview

In 2022, it will be 22 year since the new millennium started. Can’t believe it? Neither can we, but it is true. Before we go there, it is time to reflect on what has happened this year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will look back at 2021 and we will highlight the most important events that impacted the industry.

New greenhouses, events, even a few shows, technical novelties, and all other relevant news will pass by, offering you something other than Covid to talk about during Christmas and New Years’.


Wish your customers Happy Holidays
This special also offers an opportunity to put your company in the spotlight with a banner in this special box. This banner can be booked until December 24 on our newsletters. For more information, feel free to send an email to: 

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