Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Migrant Workers Suffering


Study shows health of migrant farm workers are suffering.


New research suggests that thousands of migrant farm workers who come to Canada every year are seeing their health suffer because of gruelling work, poor living conditions and little access to medical care.

Two papers in the Canadian Medical Association Journal say hundreds of people from Mexico, Jamaica, the Philippines and other countries work long hours in hot, cramped environments that can be harmful.

A social scientist who co-wrote one of the reports says a survey she did of 600 workers in Ontario from 2007 to 2009 produced disturbing results.

Jenna Hennebry of Wilfrid Laurier University says nearly 55 per cent of workers agreed with the statement that their work was hazardous to their health.

Nearly 150 of those in the survey said their residence was hazardous to their health.

The workers in the report also say they often are exposed to toxic chemicals without proper safety gear.


Jamaica has sent its first shipment of unroasted coffee beans to China in a bid to broaden the market for the island's gourmet coffee.

Officials hope the shipment of more than a dozen tons of green coffee beans is certain to broaden the market for Blue Mountain coffee.

Britain and the U-S are the next biggest markets for Blue Mountain coffee, which earns Jamaica roughly 30 million dollars a year.


Bayer Crop Science and DuPont have entered into a global licensing agreement for a canola herbicide tolerance trait.

Bayer has licensed its proprietary herbicide tolerance technology, LibertyLink, to DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred for use in canola hybrids.

Pioneer will provide Bayer access to certain proprietary genetics.


The Wheat Board has announced full acceptance of durum offered for delivery so far this crop year.

Last month, the wheat board also announced full acceptance of series B wheat.

High quality durum is urgently needed to fulfil existing sales commitments with two major long-term customers.


The Saskatchewan Goat Breeders Association is looking for more producers.

Spokesperson Ernie Penny believes many people are looking at goats as a second income.

He notes they are family friendly -- and children can help breed them.



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