Kirpal Boparai has stepped down as president of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association and will not run for re-election.
Vice-president Jeet Dukhia will step in until a successor is elected at the BCFGA annual convention, Jan. 19.
Boparai became president, campaigning on a more aggressive approach with government and other industry players.
“I think that something had to be done differently from before, and my main concern is that the apple producers get back on their feet after many years of dismal returns for their efforts," he said.
“I came to make change. Sometimes my aggressive approach was not popular, but it needed to be done. This has taken a toll on me, and more importantly my family."
The BCFGA represents 600 commercial tree fruit growers located primarily in the Okanagan-Similkameen-Creston Valleys.