B.C. ag budget down from ’19

The latest British Columbia provincial budget, released last month, includes about $95 million for agriculture.

Ian Paton, the Liberal agricultural critic, viewed the budget as disappointing.

“(We were) looking for support for the grain industry in northern B.C. that went through a terrible harvest season for canola and wheat and barley up in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. It’s quite disappointing,” he said.

Paton also said the budget is down about $3 million from last year. The 2019 agricultural budget was $98 million.

However, the agriculture ministry said its budget has grown $13.9 million compared to the 2016-17 budget, an increase of 17 percent.

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