Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick has issued the following statement congratulating everyone involved in a productive BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference:

“As Minister of Agriculture, my goal is simple – help our B.C. agrifood and seafood sector succeed.

“It was a pleasure to welcome our conference delegates to the Okanagan this week and have a conversation about how we can develop, strengthen and build relationships, and support B.C.’s food supply security.

“From the Agritech Innovation Challenge to our keynote speaker celebrity B.C. chef Vikram Vij and the exhibitor showcase and breakout sessions, it has been a busy two days filled with optimism and opportunity.

“British Columbia set a record $13 billion in agrifood and seafood revenue in 2015. After spending time with our delegates, it is easy to see how we have accomplished this goal, passion.

“Our conference rooms were filled with people who care about food production in B.C. and have the creative, innovative, business or entrepreneurial skills and drive to make a successful career of it.

“The B.C. government looks forward to building on the overwhelming success of the BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference.

“The future of the sector is bright and together we will continue to build an even stronger British Columbia agrifood and seafood sector.”