The disappointment continues for dairy farmers with the news that there will be no spaces for skilled immigrant dairy workers in the Managed Isolation hotels. Fed Farmers Employment Spokesperson Chris Lewis says he’s happy for horticulture RSE workers, those working on vineyards, some shearers and big machinery operators to get the nod but feels disheartened It seems Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor was upset the industry didn’t get behind a scheme to retrain New Zealanders into dairy jobs. He says the decision should see around 2400 more RSE workers enter New Zealand in time for next summer’s harvest season and for pruning this winter. This is in addition to the 7300 RSE workers currently in the country.
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