Farmers in the South Okanagan region were predicting a bumper cherry crop this year, but recent wind storms have dashed those hopes. The storms destroyed trees and knocked much of the nearly-ripe fruit to the ground, bruising what remained on the branches.
B.C. Fruit Growers Association director Nirmal Dhaliwal says prices for cherries have dropped from a high of 70 cents per pound to as little as 40 cents per pound. He says that is well below the
50-cent cost growers pay to harvest the fruit. Dhaliwal says the southern Okanagan's cherry crop collapse follows three years of bad apple prices and is the toughest blow to cherry farmers in his 22 years in the industry.