(Stock photo)

EDITORIAL: Accommodating Okanagan fruit pickers

Campsite for agricultural workers to open in Summerland

Seasonal farm workers have long played an important role in the fruit industry in the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

But now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, extra measures have been needed for these farm workers.

This year, the municipality of Summerland has set up a campsite for seasonal workers, at the Peach Orchard Municipal Campground.

The campsite, for up to 50 workers, will operate from July 8 to 31.

It is funded by the province’s ministry of agriculture, without requiring funding from the municipality.

READ ALSO: Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

READ ALSO: Summerland Rodeo Grounds proposed as site to house temporary agricultural workers

This COVID-safe campsite is needed as seasonal workers are in the area for the cherry harvest.

Providing a campsite during this period can help to reduce the risk of this pandemic.

As the harvest continues, many of the temporary workers will relocate to campsites at private farms.

The campsite location was not the only one considered by the municipality.

In June, rodeo grounds in Summerland had also been suggested as a place to house temporary agricultural workers.

However, the municipality received numerous letters opposing that location, citing costs, risks, water and sewage concerns and other issues.

The discussions surrounding this campsite have also gained some attention for the needs of agricultural workers in Summerland and the rest of the region.

Fruit growing is an important part of the economy of the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Temporary farm workers from other parts of Canada play an important part in this industry.

Without fruit pickers, the industry simply could not continue.

While the extra COVID-19 precautions will not be needed permanently, it remains important to ensure fruit pickers who come to this area have places to stay while they are working for an important industry in our region.

— Black Press

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

AgricultureEditorials

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Google Maps)
Van on fire in West Kelowna prompts emergency response

Two fire engines racing to the scene, on Dobbin Road near Scotiabank

Hiawatha RV Park will be demolished starting in February, to make room for a new condo development. Residents have four months to leave. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘I don’t know what to do’; Another Hiawatha resident pleas for eviction extension

Hiawatha RV Park residents have four months to leave the neighbourhood

Kalamalka Lake which connects Lake Country to Vernon and feeds into Okanagan Lake. (File photo)
Response sought to Okanagan Lake level management shortfalls

Water board adds support to Peachland council’s call to change how lake level is managed

In record numbers, Central Okanagan parents were turning to remote learning for their kids this school year. (File photo)
COVID-19 fuels Central Okanagan remote learning expansion

Enrolment for K-9 in eSchool program climbs from 40-50 to 700

(DiStefano Jaud Architecture)
Kelowna city staff wave down proposed Byrns Road development

Developer proposes gas station, car wash, liquor store, commercial buildings, in agricultural area

Physical distancing signs are a common sight in B.C. stores and businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS
272 more COVID-19 cases for B.C., outbreak at oil sands project

Three new health care outbreaks, three declared over

A rock slide is blocking one lane off the Trans-Canada Highway west of Sicamous. (Cindy Schedlosky/Facebook)
Rock slide closes one lane of Trans-Canada Highway near Sicamous

Single-lane alternating traffic is in effect.

Vernon-North Okanagan police responded to a property dispute in the 11000 block of Westside Road Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Google Maps)
Property dispute leads to police presence near Vernon

An altercation between two individuals prompted a police response to the Westside Road area

Titled “Dutch Underground - Laren 1944,” Mineke Spencer’s parents Johanna and Albert Jan Koeslag (centre) sit with their 13 children, who ranged in age from seven (Minike) to 28. Mineke is the little girl with the big white bow in the front, left, beside sister Marie, also with a white bow. (Contributed)
Fearless allies: Shuswap woman reflects on childhood in Dutch Resistance

Mineke Spencer was three-years-old when Germany invaded her home in the Netherlands

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Oscar-winner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Several police vehicles were seen at the Sagmoen farm on Salmon River Road in Silver Creek on Thursday night, Oct. 29, 2020. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
UPDATE: One person arrested, released following police presence at Sagmoen farm

RCMP were at Silver Creek property where remains of Vernon woman were found in 2017

Most Read