The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) is launching it’s first Regional Agricultural Strategy.
“This strategy will guide agriculture and farming for all seven electoral areas,” said RDFFG Manager of Development Services Kenna Jonkman.
“The intent is to provide a 20-year plan that will identify priorities for the first five-to-ten years to strengthen and grow farming in the region.”
Jonkman said the idea came from an agricultural forum last year.
“We’re going to try to find practical solutions to strengthen and support agriculture,” Jonkman said.
Through the development of the strategy, the RDFFG will:
- Provide a baseline of information regarding the existing agricultural sector in the region;
- Identify strengths and limitations, opportunities, aspirations, results, of agriculture in the region;
- Identify action-oriented goals, practical solutions and actions to strengthen agriculture in the region;
- Integrate and identify external organizations that are best positioned to implement or support goals and actions;
- Identify a plan for implementation with recommendations regarding priority of goals and actions;
- Identify key performance indicators to be used to measure performance of plan implementation.
Jonkman said the plan is funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.