7 Mar 2019

How labour shortages are impacting the apple and pear industry

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 7 March 2019
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Hawke's Bay is struggling with a labour shortage, just as this year's bumper crop of apples and pears is ripe for picking. Gary Jones, from New Zealand Apple and Pears says it's time for a longer-term, strategic labour market plan to combat what's become an annual issue. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says that's what the government wants too.