Series GR-3340 - Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement project photographs

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Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement project photographs

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GR-3340

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  • 1982-1984, 1992 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Ministry of Agriculture and Food (1980-1986)

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419 photographs and 1 cm of textual records

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(1980-1986)

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The Ministry of Agriculture was established in 1894 under its first name, Dept. of Agriculture, with the enactment of the Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1894, c. 1). Prior to 1894, all agricultural functions were placed within the jurisdiction of a single minister, who was responsible for both finance and agriculture. With the 1894 establishment of the department, the statistician became the first deputy minister. One of the main functions of the department at this time, was to collect and analyze statistics relating to agriculture in the province for the purpose of planning further agricultural progress. Although legislation established separate departments for agriculture and finance, a single minister continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 when separate ministers were appointed. At this time, the BC Government enacted a new Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1916, c. 53). The minister of agriculture was responsible for the administration of the laws relating to agriculture, horticulture, and the pastoral industries. The functions of the department included the supervision of model and experimental farms, and of all agricultural, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and dairying associations and institutes receiving government aid. Marketing, and the collection and publication of statistics continued to be an important function. The work of the department was divided among the following branches in 1947: agricultural development and extension; field crops and seed improvement; horticultural; live stock; markets; plant pathology, entomology, and apiary inspection; and soil surveys. As well, the deputy minister was responsible for farmers’ and women’s institutes, agricultural associations, exhibitions, fall fairs, and agricultural statistics and publications. In 1976, the department was renamed the Ministry of Agriculture (OIC 3199/76) followed by another name change in 1980 to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (SBC 1980, c. 29). In 2000, the ministry was renamed once again to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (OIC 241/00).

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(1991-1998)

Biographical history

The Ministry of Agriculture was established in 1894 under its first name, Dept. of Agriculture, with the enactment of the Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1894, c. 1). Prior to 1894, all agricultural functions were placed within the jurisdiction of a single minister, who was responsible for both finance and agriculture. With the 1894 establishment of the department, the statistician became the first deputy minister.

One of the main functions of the department at this time was to collect and analyze statistics relating to agriculture in the province for the purpose of planning further agricultural progress. Although legislation established separate departments for agriculture and finance, a single minister continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 when separate ministers were appointed. At this time, the BC Government enacted a new Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1916, c. 53).

The minister of agriculture was responsible for the administration of the laws relating to agriculture, horticulture, and the pastoral industries. The functions of the department included the supervision of model and experimental farms, and of all agricultural, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and dairying associations and institutes receiving government aid. Marketing, and the collection and publication of statistics continued to be an important function.

The work of the department was divided among the following branches in 1947: agricultural development and extension; field crops and seed improvement; horticultural; live stock; markets; plant pathology, entomology, and apiary inspection; and soil surveys. As well, the deputy minister was responsible for farmers’ and women’s institutes, agricultural associations, exhibitions, fall fairs, and agricultural statistics and publications.

In 1976, the department was renamed the Ministry of Agriculture (OIC 3199/76) followed by another name change in 1980 to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (SBC 1980, c. 29). In 2000, the ministry was renamed once again to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (OIC 241/00).

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Scope and content

The series consists of photographs created by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food between 1982 and 1984. These photographs were taken to document irrigation and drainage projects carried out by the Ministry under the Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement (ARDSA). ARDSA projects were managed and administered by the Agriculture and Rural Development Agreement branch (ARDA) of the Ministry. This federal-provincial program provided joint funding of up to $60 million from the federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion (DREE) and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food. ARDSA funds were directed into four areas including primary resource development funds for irrigation and drainage projects which increase the agricultural productivity of land resources. The 419 photographs in this series include black and white and colour prints and negatives, and colour slides of various projects which took place around the province. Many of the projects and locations in the photographs have been identified but some have not. Not all the prints have negatives and not all the negatives have associated prints. In addition there are negatives intermingled on the strips that appear to be personal photographs of children and houses; probably associated with the photographer. The series also includes a published copy of an executive summary which evaluated the ARDSA program in 1992.

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The records were transferred from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1994.

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Restrictions on access

No access restrictions apply to the photographic prints and slides.
The negatives are restricted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Conservation restriction: Negatives, slides and colour prints are in cold storage and are inaccessible.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright belongs to the Government of British Columbia.

Associated materials

See also GR-3660, Agriculture public information photos, for additional photographs relating to the Agricultural and Rural Development Subsidiary Agreement.

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No further accruals expected.

General note

Accession number(s): 91-7976

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Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.

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Includes 50 photographs : b&w 60 photographs : b&w negatives 118 photographs : col. 85 photographs : col. negatives 106 photographs : col. slides

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