AGRICULTURE is the third largest resource industry in BC after the FOREST INDUSTRY and mining, despite the fact that only 3% of the land area is suitable for farming—the smallest percentage of arable land of any province except Newfoundland. Since 1973 most of this land has been protected from non-agricultural use by the AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE. More than a quarter of BC's farms are concentrated in the lower FRASER VALLEY, the centre of DAIRY FARMING and BERRY, vegetable, poultry, pig and...

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