B.C. farm growers are facing uncertainty after the European Union’s announcement it will stop importing some Canadian fruits starting Sept. 1.
Pinder Dhaliwal, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, said his organization was taken by surprise by the news, which they found out from media reports.
“It just broke out (last week). It’s a concern,” said Dhaliwal, an Oliver fruit grower.
“Any market that puts restrictions is going to impact your ability to ship your produce outside of Canada, especially when you’re opening up all these different markets.”
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency sent a notice to the industry last week about the new import requirements related to pests from the 28-nation bloc that applies to families of fruits that includes apples, pears, cranberries, blueberries, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.