Labour shortages are a common problem in Canada’s agricultural and food sectors, one that could be alleviated by incorporating advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning into automated systems. The need was brought to public attention early in the COVID-19 pandemic when meat-processing facilities were shut down. Automation would improve safety & efficiency and mitigate the risks posed by unplanned work stoppages. On the production side, we support the creation of robotic solutions for labour-intensive sub-sectors such as field crops, horticulture, and livestock. CAAIN is funding projects seeking to develop automated and autonomous platforms designed, or adapted, for primary food processing and agricultural use. The resulting innovations will help position Canada as a global leader in agri-food automation.

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