Blueberry production rises

Production of key Abbotsford crop reaches highest level in a decade.

Blueberry production rises

By Kier Junos

Blueberry production in B.C. increased by about 4,500 tons in 2015, which marks the fruit’s highest level of production over the last decade.

The province exported $169 million worth of blueberries in 2014, and it is one of the B.C.’s largest agriculture exports. The vast majority of blueberries grown in B.C. come from the Fraser Valley.

Canada-wide blueberry production is also at record highs. Almost 183,000 tons of blueberries were picked in 2015, which is about 700 tons more than last year.

The land cultivated for blueberries in B.C. has almost doubled since 2006. Canada in total has increased its cultivated land for blueberries by a quarter since 2006.

Canada is the world’s largest producer of wild blueberries, according to Agriculture Canada.