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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Officials Meet On Swine Flu


Swine flu will impact Mexican workers' travels to Canada.


The Owen Sound Fall Fair will not have to move from Victoria Park if a new multi million dollar recreation centre is constructed at that location.

Owen Sound Agricultural Society President Phil Bye says from what they have been told, there is more than enough room there for both the new rec centre and the fall fair.

Bye feels the fall fair and recreation centre would be a good fit.

He also says if the city decides to demolish the old coliseum -- that does not mean the grandstand would be taken down as well.

The grandstand is used for many events during the annual fall fair from the tractor pull to demolition derby.


Canadian and Mexican officials will meet today to assess whether it's safe for thousands of Mexican agricultural workers to travel to Canada in light of the swine flu outbreak.

More than 15 thousand Mexican workers are entering Canada this year under a federal seasonal farm worker program.

A number of them are due to arrive in the coming days and weeks.

However, the volatile state of the flu outbreak in Mexico is creating worries among some Canadian farmers, who regard the Mexican farmhands as crucial for their production.

The number of suspected swine flu cases in Mexico has climbed to 1,614 -- including 103 deaths.

Rene Mantha, director-general of the organization that co-ordinates farm-labour placement in Quebec, is working on a "Plan B" in case Canada temporarily suspends the Mexican program.

He said a delay of even a few days can hurt local fruit and vegetable growers, for whom May and June are the busiest months.


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