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Mexico temporarily restricts agricultural workers travel to Canada due to coronavirus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 22, 2020
Daniel Millan, a spokesman for the Mexican Foreign Ministry, stated that, after several outbreaks of coronavirus among agricultural workers in Canadian cultivation fields were reported, Mexico had decided to temporarily restrict the travel of migrant workers to the North American country while Canada reviews its prevention protocols and the health situation there improves.
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Canada's fruit and vegetable industry is dependent on the arrival of more than 60,000 migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, Jamaica, and Guatemala.

Topics: Mexico Canada

This year, travel interruptions during the pandemic have already delayed the arrival of some migrants to agricultural fields. As a result, half of Ontario's asparagus crops couldn't be harvested due to labor shortages.

"This will affect consumers, either because there will be a shortage of Canadian agricultural products on the market or because prices will increase," stated Rebecca Lee, executive director of the Canadian Council on Horticulture.

Mexican authorities have informed the Canadian industry that the country intends to prevent workers from traveling to farm fields that have been affected by outbreaks, Lee said.