Govt keen to ensure good number of horticultural workers

Waitaki news
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said good numbers of horticultural workers in Central Otago this season was positive and reflected Government plans to support the sector.

“Much of the expansion that’s planned for the fruit growing sector in the region hinges on staff availability.

“It’s exciting that good numbers of workers are coming through now and this should give growers confidence to look to the future.

“Increasing numbers, both through the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme and backpackers coming to the region for work, is a positive turnaround for Central Otago.

“The more the numbers of these workers that can be guaranteed the better position fruit growers will be in to develop and grow their businesses.

“The Government has been supportive of the RSE scheme, increasing the cap to 9000, along with encouraging more Kiwis to take up seasonal work.

“I believe these moves were essential in meeting the horticulture industry's forecasted future growth.

''The horticulture sector is an important and valuable part of New Zealand's economy, the Government is right to make provisions for that sector, and it’s exciting to see the benefits flowing through.”