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A good greenhouse tutor system helps save on resources

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:53
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Operators know how expensive it can be to install a suitable tutor system in greenhouses: there are strings and ties everywhere and it takes a long time.  Alessandro Avarino, administrator of SIA Sia Sicilia Group Srl, the company that patented the effective greenhouse tutor system  And what about the time needed…

'The Ethical Labor Charters gives us a common conduct as an industry'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-09 Wed 08:11
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Labor is a cornerstone of any industry, but in the fresh produce industry having enough labor at the right time is even more vital for the perishable fruits and vegetables to be harvested properly and brought onto retail shelves with enough time for consumers to purchase and enjoy them. Labor is,…

Protecting the safety of agri-food workers through the Emergency Processing Fund

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 09:54
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The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Exceldor Cooperative in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, today to announce a number of initial projects funded under the $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund.

Labour plan will help fruit and vegetable growers supply fresh produce to Australians

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:18
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AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, supports the labour plan submitted by the National Farmers’ Federation’s Horticulture Council that will help give growers confidence that they can get the workers they need to get fruits and vegetables off the farm and to consumers.…

Okanagan apple & pear growers face significant losses due to labour shortage

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-04 Fri 08:14
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The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association is once again appealing to locals to consider picking fruit as temporary employment. A similar plea was made earlier in the season, just before the cherry harvest. The plea is deemed necessary in the wake of a severe labour shortage of foreign workers.…

That's a huge pile of coconuts

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 11:14
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This video shows a group of men in Kuwait. They're working with a massive heap of coconuts. They're deshelling the coconuts by hand. Surely there's a quicker, more innovative way to do this?

CAN: 1-month extension for SAWP contract

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-31 Mon 09:04
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SAWP workers are now permitted to continue working beyond their end-date (up to 1-month) as identified on their employer’s LMIA for the 2020 season. For information on extending work permits for workers from other Temporary Foreign Worker Program streams, please visit the government website or view the…

Scottish vegetable growers prevented from using unlicensed labour

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-28 Fri 09:27
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The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has stopped a Scottish vegetable growing business from using workers provided to them by an unlicensed recruitment agency. A Labour Market Enforcement Undertaking (LMEU) has been served to the business based in Angus, north-east Scotland, which supplies…

Amazon Plans to Make Whole Foods' Human Cashiers Obsolete

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:15
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Amazon executive Jeff Wilke, a 20-year veteran of the company, plans to retire next year, but not before completing one of his major projects — eliminating human cashiers at Whole Foods locations across the country.

Low volume and labor issues challenged B.C. cherry growers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-21 Fri 10:26
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As British Columbia’s cherry season wraps up, thoughts turn towards next year and how to plan accordingly for what could be a large crop. These thoughts follow a challenging 2020 season. “It was a lower year for volume and it was a slower crop,” says Sukhpaul Bal, president of the B.C. Cherry…

Securing the seasonal workforce, state by state

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 09:55
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Labour availability is a priority for apple and pear growers nationally, with negotiations to allow Pacific Islands workers entry to the country a key focus of both national and state bodies. A poll conducted last week by APAL found that 53 per cent of growers are ‘not confident’ of their chances of…

B.C. fruit growers appeal to local residents to help with harvest as COVID-19 keeps foreign workers away

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 17:21
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Fruit growers are appealing to British Columbians in need of work to help with the remaining harvest this year.

Vinergy seeks to cut harvest costs of grapes, other crops

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 12:32
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A California startup, Vinergy Inc., has equipment it says will improve vineyard efficiency by reducing a labor-intensive part of harvest — transporting grapes to the end of rows.

With the rechargeable Vinergy Cart and Vinergy Wheelbarrow, the Bakersfield, Calif., company promises to increase the amount of grapes that can be harvested by saving up two hours of labor for each team of pickers every day, according to a news release.

According to Vinergy, a standard 8-person crew can harvest about six boxes of table grapes an hour, at a labor cost of $4.33 a box over the course of a day. The Vinergy Cart can hold 16 boxes, increasing yield with a labor cost increase of 12.5%, but a real-world reduction of per-box labor costs that range from $1 to $2.30, according to the release.

“When we were picking significant volume we saw a tremendous cost savings during our trials with multiple crews and packing variations,” Rope Eddy, ranch manager for Bakersfield, Calif.-based Anthony Vineyards, said in the release. “Crews that were using traditional wheelbarrows were asking when they could begin using the Vinergy carts.  We are excited to begin working with the Vinergy team as we prepare for next season and scale more carts across our crews.”

Australian unions want to call ban on overseas seasonal workers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:38
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The Australian Workers' Union, the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association and the Transport Workers' Union have formed an alliance, calling for a ban on working holidaymaker visa. The unions want Australian farmers to stop hiring international backpackers to harvest their crops and instead…

Demand for direct-hire labor in agriculture is seasonal

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:38
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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has decreased labor availability in many sectors of the economy. In agriculture, labor inputs consist of unpaid farm operator labor (including spouse and family labor), direct-hire labor, and labor contracted through a third party. In 2018, 62 percent of total farm labor hours…

Government of Canada invests in measures to boost protections for Temporary Foreign Workers and Address COVID-19 Outbreaks on Farms

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-31 Fri 11:41
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Since the very beginning of this pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a number of important steps to ensure the safe arrival of farm workers, who play a vital role in preserving Canada’s food security. To protect the health and safety of Canadian and migrant farm workers, the Government has been working with municipal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as farmers, workers and other employers who participate in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. Despite these efforts, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks on a number of Canadian farms that have significantly impacted the health and safety of workers.

Migrant justice advocacy group denounces B.C. nursery's firing of temporary foreign workers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-22 Wed 19:26
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An advocacy group supporting temporary foreign workers in B.C.'s Okanagan is raising concerns after two Mexican workers were fired from a West Kelowna nursery for violating the company's policies. 

Migrant workers claim cramped quarters a problem at COVID-19 stricken Okanagan farm

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-17 Fri 20:12
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Four people at Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver B.C., have tested positive for the virus and the operation is now under restrictions imposed by Interior Health.

Three hundred Samoan fruit pickers flown home from New Zealand

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-17 Fri 08:23
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An Air New Zealand flight has carried 300 seasonal workers from Hawke's Bay, Blenheim, Gisborne, Martinborough and the Bay of Plenty home. The airline has been working closely with New Zealand Apples and Pears Inc, the largest employer of Samoan seasonal workers in the country. The company has been…

America really needs its farmworkers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 09:21
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In California’s Central Valley, workers are still showing up to work day after day, but a serious worker shortage looms. The majority of those who are picking crops are migrant workers who came to the state to provide for their families. Their hard work keeps the American grocery stores stocked; without…

America really needs its farmworkers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:03
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In California’s Central Valley, workers are still showing up to work day after day, but a serious worker shortage looms. The majority of those who are picking crops are migrant workers who came to the state to provide for their families. Their hard work keeps the American grocery stores stocked; without…

Canada and Ontario Supporting Farmers through Enhanced Insurance Protection

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 14:38
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The governments of Canada and Ontario are providing the best support possible to help farmers manage challenges beyond their control by enhancing AgriInsurance coverage for the 2020 growing season to include labour shortages due to COVID-19.

British Columbia cherry packers invest in new grading lines and cold storage

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 10:57
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Back in 2002, Global Fruit was established to support BC cherry growers in marketing their cherries to markets around the world. Since then, the company as well as the growers and packers it represents, have grown exponentially. “This year, Global Fruit is proud to be working with six packing houses and…

Finnish people working again in fruit picking due to labor shortages

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:40
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The labor shortages in Finland caused by the mobility restrictions introduced to stop the spread of the pandemic have led many Finns to go back to the fields to save their crops. This is confirmed by Vesa Koivistoinen, owner of the largest strawberry plantation in Finland, who for the first time in 22…

Mushroom training goes virtual

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:39
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Costa and Melbourne Polytechnic are leading the way in the development of workplace training technology to provide an enhanced training experience for more Victorians. Mushroom harvesting is a skilled job that requires speed, agility, manual dexterity, and the ability to quickly identify when the produce is ready to be…

Coronavirus accelerates the rise of the robot harvester

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-03 Fri 12:08
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When UK farmers found themselves short-staffed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government launched a campaign urging the public to cover the shortfall and “Pick for Britain”. With the recruitment campaign struggling to convert applicants into farm workers and Brexit already disrupting the supply…

Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-02 Thu 09:21
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The current pandemic has been very troubling on employment, as many in the UK have faced redundancies, put on the government’s furlough scheme or been ineligible for it and left to apply for Universal Credit. Recent figures show that around a quarter of the UK’s workforce has been placed on the…

Norwegian strawberry picking robot popular due to covid crisis

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-02 Thu 09:21
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The corona pandemic has once again demonstrated how dependent agriculture is on seasonal workers, but Norwegian growers may get help from robots next year. For Norwegian growers, the development of autonomous robots cannot move quickly enough, especially now that many of them are struggling to find…

Coronavirus accelerates the rise of the robot harvester

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:55
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When UK farmers found themselves short-staffed due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government launched a campaign urging the public to cover the shortfall and “Pick for Britain”. With the recruitment campaign struggling to convert applicants into farm workers and Brexit already disrupting the supply…