Apple growers are a little happier the government has finally recognised the seriousness of their plight. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced a $350,000 wellbeing support package for fruit growers facing tough times. And Apples and Pears CEO Allan Pollard says with the pandemic creating workforce issues and the weather creating crop losses, the package is very timely as many growers are extremely stressed. The support package will include a workplace-based wellbeing training programmes in Hawkes Bay. Mental Wellness workshops are expected to kick-off in April in the Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman and Central Otago regions.
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