VIDEO: Wilson calls on the government to do more to support apple industry
(March 22, 2017) Yesterday, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson rose in the legislature to show his support for apple farmers in Ontario. He shared the results of a new study highlighting the economic benefit of the apple industry in our province.
“The apple industry generates $634 million in economic activity every year… It supports over 5,100 full time direct and indirect jobs,” listed Wilson. “These are impressive numbers. They’re impressive for not only my riding, which is apple rich in the north end, but many parts of Ontario.”
Wilson continued in the statement to explain why the government must do more to support this industry.
“Ontario apple farmers currently supply only 45 per cent of the Ontario fresh apple market. In fact, Ontario imports 80.6 million kilograms of apples for consumption every year. This means there is room for the Ontario industry to grow,” said Wilson. “I would ask the government to review the study and do what is needed to support this important industry.”
Wilson concluded by thanking local apple grower and past chair of the Ontario Apple Growers, Brian Gilroy, for providing him with the study and keeping him informed.