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British Columbia hazelnut growers encouraged to apply for renewal funding

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 1, 2019
British Columbia’s hazelnut growers now can apply for the next intake of Hazelnut Renewal Program funding.
Canada   This program supports the hazelnut sector by allowing growers to replace trees
This program supports the B.C. hazelnut sector by allowing growers to replace trees and establish new orchards with disease-resistant varieties.

“The past decade has not been kind to our province’s hazelnut sector, with Eastern Filbert blight (EFB) wiping out many of B.C.’s hazelnut orchards. Our government and our sector are joining forces to fight this disease, and with the help of the Hazelnut Renewal Program, to rebuild B.C.’s hazelnut industry,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture.

The Hazelnut Renewal Program looks to build on the success of last fall, when 15.4 hectares (38 acres) and 8,254 EFB resistant trees were planted. In addition, more than 10.1 hectares (25 acres) with 3,025 EFB susceptible trees were removed.

The areas covered include Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley and Pender Island.

The program is accepting new applications until July 15, 2019.