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Fruit & Vegetable: Ontario farmers respond to COVID-19 outbreaks

Some of the COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario farms can be traced to local recruitment agencies whose contract workers moved from farm to farm

July 16, 2020  by Fruit & Vegetable

In the letter written in partnership with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) which represents 3,500 farm families, Ontario’s farmers acknowledge the impact the outbreaks have had in the province. PHOTO: Fruit & Vegetable/OFVGA.

Ontario fruit and vegetable farmers are responding to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks by taking more precautions to limit the spread on their operations.

As the growing season got underway, hundreds of farm employees, including seasonal agriculture workers, across southwestern Ontario tested positive for COVID-19. The outbreaks were located in farming communities such as the Windsor-Essex area, Middlesex-London area, and Haldimand-Norfolk area.

The outbreaks resulted in the death of three Ontario farm workers: Bonifacio Eugenio Romero, Rogelio Muñoz Santos, and Lopez Chaparro.

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