Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has thrown the worker shortage issue back to farmers, saying the industry must try harder to attract and retain workers.
The union powerbrokers - who run and control the Labour Party - mistakenly believe that turning off the tap to 'low-skilled' migrants will see all the vacant jobs in the horticulture, farming and other sectors suddenly filled by hordes of 'hard working' unemployed Kiwis.
That is fanciful.
One only has to look at the evidence from last year, when Covid closed our borders, and the number of unharvested apples, kiwifruit and grapes that were left to rot, and the rural contractors who could not get tractor drivers.
Those with the mistaken belief that all migrant workers coming to NZ to work on farms are 'low-skilled' should take a good look at this year's NZ Dairy Industry Awards winners!