With $361 million in farm sales, cannabis now B.C.’s third top agricultural commodity

Cannabis comes after dairy products and chicken in farm revenues.

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Cannabis farm sales jumped by nearly $300 million last year. Photo by iStock/Getty Images

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Behind only dairy products and chicken, cannabis has grown to become the number three farm product in B.C. Cannabis farm sales totalled $361,546,000 in 2019. This is according to figures provided to CannCentral by the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday (July 15).

The 2019 revenue represents an increase of close to $300 million from 2018 receipts of $61,901,000.

Meanwhile, dairy products reigned supreme in 2019, with farm sales of $683,064,000. Chicken came second, with $429,323,000.

Rounding out the list of top 10 farm commodities in B.C. are the following: greenhouse vegetables in fourth place, with sales of $305,413,000; floriculture, $289,288,000; beef, $271,950,000; fresh mushrooms, including truffles, $179,038,000; nursery, $176,709,000; eggs, $169,057,000; and field vegetables, excluding mushrooms, $166,352,000.

The cannabis sales were for legal cannabis grown in B.C., according to information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture to CannCentral.

In 2018, the top five commodities were dairy products, chicken, greenhouse vegetables, floriculture, and beef.

All in all, farm sales in B.C. amounted to $3.9 billion in 2019.

The number is 13 percent bigger, or $462 million more, than in 2018.

A media release from the Ministry of Agriculture on July 14 noted that other commodities posted growth in revenues last year. They were dairy, with an additional $47 million in revenues; beef, $25 million; and field vegetables, $17.5 million.

B.C. agriculture minister Lana Popham noted in the release that the farming sector’s growth in 2019 sets it up for a “strong recovery”.

“Connecting more British Columbians to agriculture jobs and careers is more important than ever as we work to restart the economy and keep this momentum going,” Popham said.

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Discussion


  • Bakhshinder July 22, 2020 11:49 PM

    Informative piece.

  • McKINNEY Terry July 23, 2020 12:01 AM

    join the it’s legal now so why not movement?Competition makes for better product.Or you can go to a shop and pay through the snoze?We have choices now.Learning to grow things is fun and entertaining.Could be profitable, too?Organic people!

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