A Kamloops councillor wants the city to play a role in helping farmers adapt to climate change.
Last week, Dieter Dudy was part of a panel on climate change and agriculture at Thompson Rivers University.
“What the crux of it was, was the severe paucity of extension services that are available to people in the agricultural community, not just ours. but B.C.-wide,” he said,
“And how we need to find the means of adapting to climate change and to also finding other measures of action that will make agriculture viable.
“Because if any one thing is going to be affected to any great degree due to climate change, it’s going to be the growth of food and things like that.”
Dudy said scientists have identified measures that could be taken, but noted farmers do not have access to them.
“Whether it’s through bodies like our agriculture area plan or other measures, we should try to find the means so that farmers can adapt to the changes that are taking place,” he said.
Dudy and wife Deborah Kellog own the 10-acre (four-hectare) organic Thistle Farm in Westsyde.