PICO operates 20 acres of high health budwood orchard. There are approximately 17,000 certified virus indexed trees in the orchard. PICO plays a pivotal role in supplying Canadian and international growers/testers with virus free propagative tree fruit materials. PICO works closely with members of the CFIA to ensure that this virus free status remains. This entails annual CFIA site visits, including field observations, leaf and soil sampling, auditing of source records for all materials in the orchard, and spray and fumigation records. PICO works with the CFIA and AAFC to ensure that the strict rules set forth for an Elite/Foundation block are followed.
PICO would like to thank the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia for funding through programs it delivers on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to improve access to virus free stock.
To place an order for budwood please see Ordering Procedures.