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Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic and Kings North MLA John Lohr is asking the McNeil Liberals to come clean about whether or not they are committed to helping fruit growers modernize their businesses and keep jobs in rural Nova Scotia.
Lohr's comments come as the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association kick-off their annual meeting.
“This is about priorities. The Liberals are silent on this issue and it’s time they take action to support this important industry going forward,” said Lohr. “We are committed to helping these farmers modernize and update their orchards.”
The PCs committed in the election to $2 million over five years to allow apple growers to replace older, unprofitable apple varieties, with new varieties and new orchard systems. In 2005, a PC government initiated a similar program that was axed by the NDP in 2011.
“As a farmer, I know the positive impact this program would have in support of the fruit growing industry,” said Lohr. “As a rural MLA, I know the positive impact this program would have to keep jobs in our communities.”
Lohr says given fruit growers contribute $70 million annually to the economy and help keep families working in rural Nova Scotia, the decision should be a no-brainer.