The move to protect and raise the profile of B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve is well underway.
The independent Minister’s Advisory Committee for Revitalizing the ALR and the Agricultural Land Commission this week submitted its interim report to Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.
The committee made 13 recommendations for legislative and regulatory change, and four recommendations for action to protect the ALR. It also noted 14 “key issues” that it will continue to examine before submitting its final report.
It’s clear the committee that has been studying the issue for the last seven months believes the ALR is at risk.
“The committee is of the opinion that unless the province raises the profile of agricultural land and agriculture across all provincial agencies, an erosion of the ALR and a decline of B.C.’s agriculture industry is likely to continue,” the report stated. “An across- government policy shift that perceives agriculture as a sustainable resource industry is critical.”
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