Harvest help available for farmers

Farmers seeking workers and contractors for harvest now have access to the dedicated online resource, ‘Help Harvest NSW’, which will help them contact and arrange workers ahead of what is expected to be the best harvest in many years.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders welcomed today’s launch of the website by the NSW Government, and said the one-stop portal would connect prospective employers with workers as part of the NSW Government’s COVID Recovery Plan.

“Farmers across the central west are poised to reap their biggest harvest since the drought began many years ago, so it is critical they are able to find the workers they need to get their crops in,” Mr Saunders said.

“COVID-19 international travel restrictions mean there isn’t the number of farm workers the ag industry needs at the moment, because a lot of the labour work in our farming sector gets done by foreign workers.

“The Help Harvest NSW website will help overcome this challenge by connecting job-seeking Australians with agricultural work opportunities in NSW.

With higher than average unemployment due to COVID-19, Mr Saunders said that ‘Help Harvest NSW’ is an alternative way that will help job-seekers into work and get the State’s workforce moving.

“We know COVID-19 has presented all sorts of challenges to farmers across NSW, and we know it has put many people out of work,” he said.

“My message to anyone looking for a job is this: consider agriculture. The work is tough but rewarding. Take a look at Help Harvest NSW and see what job opportunities are around the corner.”

To explore the ‘Help Harvest NSW’ site visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/help-harvest-nsw.

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