More questions are being asked about the Government’s contentious $10 million loan to Westland.
Biosecurity aside, most farmers will tell you the biggest challenge facing the primary sector is a shortage of good, qualified people.
A permanent solution to the harvest labour shortage problem is needed for the apple industry, claims a sector spokesman.
Industry input is welcome as the government reviews the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) system this year.
A 7,500 signature petition was presented to parliament last week calling for changes to NZ’s immigration laws.
The meat industry is short of about 2000 workers, a gap needing filling by much more than just signing up foreign workers.
The biggest barrier to youngsters choosing careers in agriculture is parents’ thinking that agriculture is “just a dumping ground.”
The ‘big thing’ in employing farm staff is to invest in them, says Dunsandel farmer Michael Woodward.