From 2016 to 2017, Canadian greenhouse vegetable production area has increased by more than six percent (6.48), while the number of farms has decreased by 0.8 percent to 887, according to a new report from Cuesta Roble Consulting. This means there are fewer growers with larger greenhouse area. Although there are six percent more hectares in production, the total production costs over this period have increased almost eight percent to 1.2 billion CD$.
One significant reason for the increased production costs is the higher number of employees. From 2016-2017, the total employees in the greenhouse vegetable industry increased by more than 1,000 (+1,062) to a total of 12,568 workers.
The 2017 payroll for these employees was up over 13 percent from 2016, totaling CD$ 351 million. Over the last four years, this payroll figure has risen by almost 40 percent.
For information: cuestaroble.com