Farmers warn fruit and vegetable crops could be lost if coronavirus lockout means they lack foreign workers to pick produce
- Travel bans and self-isolation can affect crops due to staff shortage
- There is no shortage of products, but farmers need workers to choose their supplies
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Farmers have warned that fruit and vegetable crops may be lost due to staff shortages due to blockage of coronaviruses.
Australian producers depend on a constant influx of foreign workers to pick the produce, but travel bans and self-isolation measures can cause them to lose crops because they don’t have enough hands to collect them.
There is no current shortage of fruit and vegetables in Australia, but farmers are working with the federal government to keep staff safe for the future.
“There are people abroad who are making decisions right now [about whether to come to Australia], who would otherwise be here to pick fruit or vegetables in three and six months, ” said Richard Shannon, policy and advocacy officer for Growcom. The Guardian.
The agricultural industry cannot afford to fire people from work without losing huge quantities of crops and having a devastating impact on fresh food (stock image)
The coronavirus epidemic has prompted many countries to recommend that people abandon any plans for international travel to stop the spread of the disease.
Countries like Australia and New Zealand have imposed two weeks of mandatory quarantine on arrival in the country, while others, like Canada, have completely closed their borders to foreigners.
These measures have prompted travelers to cancel their plans, Shannon said that we need to be flexible with visa arrangements to insure farm staff.
“All options are being explored, including creating more flexibility around these visas for people already in Australia, or incentives we might offer to attract more domestic workers,” said he declares.
International tourists are required to carry out agricultural work in various industries in order to obtain a working holiday visa in Australia.
The agricultural industry cannot afford to fire people from work without losing huge amounts of crops and having a devastating impact on fresh food.
The purchase of panic due to the coronavirus has made many essential items, including toilet paper, pasta and rice, almost impossible to find on supermarket shelves.
Supply Chain Consulting Director GRA Shanaka Jayasinghe said that the Australian market duopoly via Coles and Woolworths has put us in a good position to face any food shortages to come.
Jayasinghe said that customers may need to have an open mind about fruit and vegetable cosmetics in tough times for suppliers.
“I would say it would be a very understanding consumer right now, compared to a few months ago, in terms of the shape of bananas or pears,” he said.
Farmers warn that fruit and vegetable crops may be lost due to staff shortage due to coronavirus shutdown (stock image)