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Growth in Okanagan agriculture outpaces overall economy

Lee Cartier says agriculture's contribution to the economy goes beyond the raw product. For example wine grape growers contribute $28 million directly to the economy but once the whole "value chain" is accounted for, the contribution is close to $250 million (Jackie Sharkey/CBC)
Agriculture has long been a bedrock of the Okanagan economy, but in recent years, the common perception has been that agriculture is a struggling industry.

So it might surprise you to find out that growth in the Okanagan's agricultural sector, is actually outpacing growth in the overall economy.

That's according research by Lee Cartier, a professor in the Okanagan College School of Business.

Cartier has just received a $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to do more work in that area.

He explains why we underestimate the economic value of the agriculture industry to Daybreak host, Chris Walker.
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