Since workforce is key in the strawberry sector, the industry has targeted a reduction in vulnerabilities due to labour costs as a priority in its 2017–2020 Strategic Plan. This is critical because payroll accounts for 54% of all production costs incurred by strawberry and raspberry producers. In addition, according to the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), the field fruit and vegetable industry will be among the most severely impacted by labour shortages between now and 2025, with 10,800 industry jobs going unfilled across Canada. In a highly competitive environment, where Québec’s trade balance is deep into the red, it is imperative that the entire sector boost its workforce productivity and overall competitiveness. This project looks to address this industry need, as set out in its strategic plan, by studying ways to maximize workforce productivity.
From 2019 to 2021
Québec's strawberry industry will boost its competitiveness through improvements in workforce productivity.
Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec | Association des producteurs de fraises et de framboises du Québec
This project aims to examine whether improving soil health can help check strawberry decline.
Researcher: Christine Landry
The project consisted of sterilizing spotted wing drosophilas in the laboratory and mass releasing it in crops as a biocontrol method.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej
The aim of this project was to test the general hypothesis that exclusion nets, when properly used, can prevent attacks by most apple pests and reduce disease incidence with no major adverse effects on fruit quality.
Researcher: Gérald Chouinard