Federated Farmers Employment and Immigration spokesperson Chris Lewis is disheartened and deeply disappointed by the news that the government could not find a way to bring 500 desperately needed skilled dairy employees into the country. Feds believes the pressure on farming families due to lack of workers on farms, is ramping up stress levels, and affecting wellbeing and health. Chris Lewis says there are 1250 jobs advertised on the Farm Source website, 100 more than in March. A just completed DairyNZ Fed Farmers survey showed 49% of respondents were short-staffed and almost half have been trying to fill a vacancy for more than three months and 24% had had the vacancy open for more than six months. Despite the disappointment over the dairy workers, Feds is pleased to see some shearers and agricultural contractors have been approved to enter the country for their peak demand period.
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