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B.C’s Agriculture Minister Makes a Visit to the Cariboo

The Province’s Minister of Agriculture was in Williams Lake.

“I try and make it out to everywhere that I can in British Columbia while I’m outside of the legislature. We start sitting next week so this is the last week that I had of freedom, and I love the Cariboo,” Lana Popham told MyCaribooNow Friday.

“I started learning about the ranching community almost ten years ago with a tour through the Cariboo so I feel really close to it. I have a ton of contacts here so I made sure that we set up meetings over the last three days touching base with people, making sure that I’m on top of the issues before I go into the House, and to talk to them about the stuff that I’ve moved ahead on my mandate which is important to them.”

After a number of meetings Friday at the Williams Lake TRU campus, Popham said she toured an area that was devastated by the 2017 wildfires and has since been logged.

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“There are some challenges that we’re going to have,” she said.

“How do you manage the forestry industry with the agriculture industry? I think that it’s been challenging in the past, but there’s new interest in trying to figure out how to do that and share the land base, so it’s a really exciting time. There’s some positive stuff that will come out of some difficult times that have happened and I feel that this visit was really positive.”

Popham met with a number of agricultural stakeholders mainly from the Williams Lake area on Thursday.

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