by Lyonel Doherty
This is bad news and then good news for fruit growers in Oliver and Osoyoos after COVID-19.
Glen Lucas, general manager of the British Columbia Fruit Growers Association (BCFGA), stated that tourists from other countries are prohibited from traveling, which is very worrying because They were unable to obtain temporary foreign workers because of the border closure. Every year, 4,000 foreign workers from Mexico and the Caribbean who come to Mexico come to Okanagan to help them produce and harvest crops.
But Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced on Wednesday that temporary foreign workers would be exempted from the ban and allowed Lucas to say that
entered Canada after a 14-day quarantine period.
"This announcement is a great relief, but there are still many details that need to be resolved."
He added that BCFGA understands strict health agreements
and he noted that some local unemployed people may Working on the farm. But he added that BCFGA does not want to increase the risk of disease transmission.
Cannot comment with BCFGA President Pinder Dhaliwal.
According to Blair's instructions, foreigners and temporary foreign workers with work visas
The Agricultural Producers Association (UPA) talked about exempting border restrictions (though the border has been closed). The exemption states that blocking foreign workers from entering Canada would have disastrous consequences for Canada. Canadian agriculture.