Nova Scotia farmers always keep food quality and safety top-of-mind through all of the day-to-day activities. Afterall, the food they provide you to feed your family is the same food they put on their tables each day to nourish their loved ones.
Nova Scotia has one of the most thorough food safety systems in Canada, with a number of organizations in place to oversee the food safety and security regulations that are in place.
Information on specific regulations and procedures can be found on the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture’s website.
As well, Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. is a development agency in Nova Scotia that looks to help farmers, fishers and food processors be more prosperous and profitable. They are the province’s only technical development agency focused solely on the food sector and maximizing its value.
We’ve shared some videos below so that you can hear directly from Nova Scotia farmers on the importance of food safety, and the steps they take to make sure it remains priority number one on their farms.
Maintaining Food Supply
Maintaining Nova Scotia’s food supply and security is paramount at all times, but particularly in light of the current public health crisis. To continue to foster the productivity of farms across Canada, the federal government has made provisions with strict protocols to allow temporary foreign workers to continue to come into Canada to provide this valuable labour support.
Temporary foreign workers have been supporting our Nova Scotia farming community for a few generations. They represent a highly skilled, fully trained workforce that is essential for our farms to be able to continue to provide safe, secure and reliable produce and products for Nova Scotians.
The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture will be working with the province’s farmers closely to make sure they have the resources and information they require to properly inform all of their employees, including temporary foreign workers, of the public health measures in place.
To learn more about the support NSFA offers, you can visit their site.
Our farming community understands the impact that COVID-19 has had across the province – including the significant number of job losses in a number of industries. The economic impact has been felt amongst our families, our friends and our neighbours.
The success of our farming season will require the support of temporary foreign workers, who are trained and well-versed in the needs of our farms’ operations but we also recognize the employment opportunity at this time for Nova Scotians on farms.
In order to support Nova Scotians who are seeking employment, NSFA launched a job portal that outlines available positions across the province.
Farming is one of the province’s oldest professions, one that brings Nova Scotians a great deal of pride, we would happily embrace anyone looking to transition into this sector for employment.