Kappel to discuss growth of cherry industry

The story of Summerland’s role in the sweet cherry industry will be told at a free presentation later this month.

Frank Kappel

The story of Summerland’s role in the sweet cherry industry will be told at a free presentation later this month.

Frank Kappel, a retired research scientist, will speak on Cherries: B.C.’s Cinderella Story, at the Summerland Seniors Village on March 26.

Sweet cherry exports from British Columbia have more than tripled in the last 10 years, from 2,031 metric tonnes in 2003 to 7,337 metric tonnes in 2014.

The value of B.C. cherry exports has risen from $11.3 million to $41.7 million in the same period.

“The varieties that led to this increase in exports are all from the Summerland Research Station. Without the release of these high-quality, late-maturing varieties the cherry industry in B.C. wouldn’t be where it is today,” Kappel said.

Kappel led the sweet cherry breeding program at the Summerland Research Station from 1994 to 2011.

His presentation follows the annual general meeting of the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Historical Society at 7 p.m.in the Seniors Village, 12803 Atkinson Rd., Summerland.

 

Just Posted

Indigenous grad rates make big strides in SD67

Educators are praising major efforts toward inclusivity for the recent improvements

Valley First Endowmen grant helps OSNS in 2017

The grant for the OSNS teaching kitchen just one of the ways First West helps communities.

Tin Cup to Summerland

Summerland foursome wins annual Men’s Tin Cup Bonspiel

Gas thieves using spigots to help themselves again and again

Gas thieves drilling holes in vehicle tanks and inserting spigots or screws

Vee’s captain leads Penticton to 4-1 home-ice win over Merritt

Owen Sillinger leads Vees to victory over visiting Centennials

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Most Read