July 2, 2014 9:58 am

California’s record drought could send produce prices soaring

WATCH ABOVE: California’s worst drought on record is causing produce prices to rise but as Darlene Heidemann reports, it’s not all bad news for local farmers.

VANCOUVER –  A record drought in California could mean big business for local farmers.

The state is having one of its driest years on record, with a severed drought showing no signs of letting up.

B.C. gets about 70 per cent of its fruits and vegetables from California but the drought could drive up prices by as much as six per cent.

As a result, local growers are hoping customers will look closer to home for their fruits and vegetables.

“Earlier on in the season, certain prices of things, lime and grapes especially, they just went soaring way up and people were noticing,” said Hayley Chan, Richmond Country Farms.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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