Groceries getting FAR more expensive as desperate farmers..

18-09-2020    10:34   |    Dailymail UK

AUSTRALIA- Grocery prices look set to skyrocket as farmers are forced to destroy their cops. Travel restrictions and border closures creating major problems for farmers. Australia's $14.4 billion horticulture industry relies heavily on backpackers. Luciano Monte, who runs a farm in Perth, has destroyed 100,000 lettuce heads.

Grocery prices look set to skyrocket as Australian farmers are forced to destroy crops after struggling to find enough pickers. 

Farmers across the country have been gearing up for this years harvest which could be one of the biggest the country has seen in five years.

But travel restrictions and border closures have created major problems with sourcing workers to pick the crops. 

Australia's $14.4 billion horticulture industry relies heavily on workers from the Pacific Islands and backpackers to fill those jobs. 

Farmers are predicting they will struggle to fill the estimated 40,000 harvest positions with less than 8,000 seasonal workers in the country and barely any backpacker arrivals since March. 

Luciano Monte, who runs a farm in Perth, has already been forced to destroy 100,000 market-ready lettuce heads this week due to worker shortages. 

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Source: Daily mail UK

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