Labour shortages are a common problem in Canada’s agricultural and food sectors, one that could be alleviated by incorporating artificial intelligence-driven automated systems. This was brought to public attention early in the COVID-19 pandemic when meat-processing facilities were shut down. Automating such plants would improve safety and mitigate the risks posed by unplanned work stoppages. On the production side, we find few 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 food processing and agricultural use. The resulting innovations will help position Canada as a global leader in automation applicable throughout the agri-food value chain.

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