Led by surging cannabis sales, farm cash receipts in the first half of the year bucked the general decline caused by the coronavirus.
Receipts of $16.7 billion increased 5.2 per cent over 2019, says the Statistics Canada report.
Without a 62 per cent increase — $685 million — in cannabis sales, farm cash receipts would have increased a mere .8 per cent.
Higher crop receipts of $1.3 billion helped offset a $629 million decline in livestock sales. The decrease was caused by market restrictions when COVID-19 broke out.
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