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Sterile Insect Release Program Survey

The Sterile Insect Release (SIR) Program is an area-wide and environmentally friendly approach to managing the codling moth, one of the BC tree fruit industry's most damaging and costly pests.  The SIR Program operates in the fruit growing areas of the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswaps economy, and plays an important role in the lives of residents and commercial growers. The SIR approach to insect pest control is an alternative to using pesticides to control insect pests. Since its implementation, SIR has dramatically reduced codling moth populations throughout the program area while reducing the need for toxic pesticide sprays. However, in order to be effective, the SIR process must be continued on an annual basis.
A researcher from the Okanagan School of Business, at Okanagan College, is currently conducting a survey of residential property owners (this does not apply to orchard property owners) in the Town of Osoyoos. The goal of this study is to measure the value of the Sterile Insect Release Program to residents of the Regional District. The results of this research will provide valuable insight into how to increase the benefits of the program to the community.  Funding for the research has been provided by the Okanagan Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program.

We expect the survey will take approximately five minutes. From this survey we are interested in collecting information related to how you feel about the following: 

  1. Pesticide use and the environment
  2. Pesticide use and animal health
  3. Pesticide use and food safety
  4. Pesticide drift onto residential properties
  5. Your willingness to support the SIR program 

There are no known physical, emotional, psychological or financial harms associated with your participation.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You have the right to refuse to participate or to withdraw from the survey at any time.  You also have the right to leave any questions unanswered. Please be assured that your responses will be treated with strict confidentiality. No names appear on the questionnaire and results will be reported for the entire survey rather than on an individual basis.

At the conclusion of this project reports and publications will be produced including scholarly papers published in recognized journals of economics, and rural development.

If you have any questions, please contact me by telephone (250) 762-5445 (local 4289) or e-mail Furthermore, if you have any questions about your rights as a research subject you may contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Board through the Okanagan College Office of Research Services at 250-762-5445 (local 4561). This project has been approved by Research Ethics Board at Okanagan College.

Upon your completion of the survey form and its return to the researcher, it will be assumed that your consent has been given to use the information collected.

Thank you, 
Lee Cartier, P.Ag.
Okanagan School of Business
Follow this link to the Anonymous Survey:

Event date: 
Friday, 23 May, 2014
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