‘War’ declared on Delta farmland

Apr 8, 2012 by

Image Courtesy Delta Optimist

War has been declared on Delta’s prime farmland.

That’s the assessment of Vicki Huntington and others following the Delta South MLA uncovering the private sector’s plans to purchase hundreds of acres close to the B.C. Rail line for industrial development.

Huntington fears the land will be taken out of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Much of the land had originally been expropriated in the 1960s by the government of the day for industrial development that never ended up taking place. After much lobbying by farmers and their supporters, the land was sold back in the late 1990s for an average of $10,000 per acre. Now they’re being offered an average of $185,000 per acre, Huntington noted.

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