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Fruit pickers urgently needed

Michael is joined by Adrian Lyons, NSW Farmers’ Chair Inland Rail Taskforce & Drought Taskforce, regarding the looming problem facing rural communities over the lack of workers available to pick fruit and harvest the grains during COVID-19 restrictions.

If the government does not come up with a solution soon to allow potential workers to cross state borders or to fill the void from lack of backpackers that normally make up about 80% of the fruit picking community… it could lead to produce either rotting on the ground or not getting to market.  

This could in turn lead to food shortages and exorbitant prices on the market shelf. 

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