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Fruit pickers plan launched by NSW Farmers | The Land

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The acute, Covid-19 induced labour shortage affecting fresh fruit and vegetables has brought an industry beyond the bring of frustration and in response NSW Farmers’ Association this week released its five-point-plan to tackle the problem.

The initiative centres on lowering quarantine costs, presenting a workable visa approval process, increasing incentives for Australian workers and facilitating labour mobility across state borders.

NSW Farmers’ CEO Pete Arkle said time was running out for governments to work on a solution to ensure the country has the required workers to assist with harvests during 2021.

“So far fruit and vegetable crop losses across the country as a direct result of ongoing labour shortages now exceed $50 million,” Mr…



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