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Vancouver Island Coast Agriculture Highlights

    FARM ENTERPRISES

 

CROPS

 

The region’s farmland area allocated to berries more than tripled to 441 hectares (1,090 acres); the area in greenhouse vegetable production increased by 52%; the area in field vegetables increased by 31% to 700 hectares (1,730 acres); tree fruit area increased 25% to 507 hectares (1,253 acres); and the area in sod and nursery products rose 21% and 18% respectively to 74 hectares (183 acres) in sod and 306 hectares (756 acres) in nursery products.

 

The area in greenhouse flower production declined 14%.

 

LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTS

 

The total number of animals on farms decreased in every category except turkeys, which showed an increase of 7% and sheep and lambs (+3%). > Of particular note, the region had 1,387 (30%) fewer beef cattle, 213,519 (25%) fewer hens and chickens, and 680 (24%) fewer pigs compared to 2006.

 

HONEY BEE COLONIES

 

The number of farms reporting honey bee colonies increased 10% from 155 farms to 171 farms in 2011, but the number of colonies decreased 24% from 7,461 to 5,698 colonies.

 

THE 2011 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE WAS RELEASED MAY 10, 2012 BY STATISTICS CANADA AT THE CENSUS REGION, PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS. THE PREVIOUS CENSUS WAS CONDUCTED IN 2006