‘Incredibly stressful’ as local farm sector remains COVID-19 hotspot


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“This particular sector, the agricultural sector, is holding everybody else back,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens told reporters Monday, adding he was “extremely frustrated.”

With Windsor-Essex businesses excluded, for now, from joining the rest of the province in the opening up of local economies, and with the premier and a growing number of voices urging growers to act, “I’m confident we’ll see more farmers take advantage (of testing and other support),” said Cathy Lennon, general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

“The whole sector is keenly aware of how scary … this is,” Lennon told the Star. She said Canada’s meat processing sector was one of the earlier and hardest-hit sectors in the economy, and that industry responded so well that it has since regained pre-COVID levels of production capacity.

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