Labour shortage a 'handbrake on the industry' - Nathan Guy

Rural Exchange 25/11/2018
Credit: Simon Wong.

The National Party's primary industries spokesperson Nathan Guy joins RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange for their regular catchup.

This week the discussion focuses on increasing labour shortages in the horticulture sector and irrigation.

Mr Guy told RadioLIVE labour shortages in New Zealand is a "handbrake on the industry".

Meanwhile the Government has increased the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme cap by 1,750 to 12,850, allowing more overseas seasonal workers into the country.

Horticulture New Zealand welcomes the change, but believes there is still a major problem with labour shortages in the sector, especially as the industry gears up for the upcoming busy fruit harvest season.

"Horticulture is growing rapidly and, combined with wine, we are an industry earning more than $8.8 billion, this includes more than $5.1 billion of exports," said chief executive Mike Chapman.

Mr Chapman told RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange that New Zealand needs to do “something more” to tempt workers back here, as more head across the ditch for work.

Watch the full interview with Nathan Guy above.

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