Dairy farmers pressure is mounting on the Government calling for 1500 foreign workers to be allowed in to meet the sector’s shortfall next year, if borders remain closed. Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers and Dairy Women’s Network have all asked for Ag. Minister Damien O’Connor to make the changes. They want the workers to be able to quarantine in separate on-farm housing, if they are fully vaccinated and adhering to strict Covid protocols. A recent survey found that half of dairy farmers are short-staffed. Federated Farmers immigration spokesman Chris Lewis says farmers need certainty they will be able to access international workers for next year. He says this year the border processes have been hugely frustrating for farmers. If our borders remain closed, we need to provide farmers with confidence they can recruit staff and get them into New Zealand much faster.
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