Strawberry growers happy with Queensland worker surge at start of harvest

Queensland Strawberries $100,000 labor lottery initiative has seen more than 4,100 people sign up to work on farms since launching in April. The program is the industry's inventive way of incentivizing workers as the pandemic continues to negatively affect Australia’s horticultural workforce.

However, the state is still more than 1,000 workers short with the unfolding Delta strain situation preventing would-be workers from travelling interstate just before the peak August-September season. According to QSGA president Adrian Schultz, the success of the lottery campaign has provided farmers with just enough labor to get through the month of June.

Source: queenslandcountrylife.com.au


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