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Covid 19 coronavirus: Horticulture sector 'lifeline' for more Kiwi workers

Horticulture sector 'lifeline' for more Kiwi workers

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[08 April, Sandra Conchie, The Country]

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has reported that the horticulture sector is offering a lifeline to workers from other industries currently being impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown, particularly in the Bay of Plenty region. With a limited number of overseas workers available to fill vacancies, the positions have been filled by local workers. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc reported some businesses now had a workforce of more than 90 per cent New Zealanders, compared to around 50 per cent last season. Around 20,000 workers are required at the peak of the harvest.

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