British Columbia cherry producers are fully reliant on temporary foreign workers to help with everything from pruning and planting trees to harvesting. The ability of orchardists to get enough workers to adequately harvest the crop in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a cause for concern, especially throughout the Okanagan where about 4,500 foreign workers are needed each year.
Some of those fears were lifted Monday when the industry was handed a lifeline from both senior levels of government. First, the federal government announced farmers would receive $1,500 per worker to assist with measures around the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for anyone coming into Canada from other countries.
As reported by castanet.net, the measures introduced will take a lot off stress farmers.