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Quebec Pushes Plan to Grow Berries in Winter on Supply Fears

  • Government backs new greenhouses, winter produce company
  • Province calls on jobless people to help work on farms
A Strawberry Harvest As Northern Manitoba Faces Adverse Dryness
Photographer: Shannon VanRaes/Bloomberg

Quebec’s efforts to grow fruits and vegetables during freezing winter months have gained new urgency after the coronavirus pandemic exposed risks to supply chains around the world.

The Canadian province touted a C$1.3 million ($930,000) investment in an engineering company that outfits farmers to produce strawberries in winter. Premier Francois Legault also called on people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic to work on farms, as travel restrictions make it harder to recruit seasonal foreign workers.