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Puglia growers warn of labor shortages

A branch of the Italian Farmers' Association 'Coldiretti' in the southern Puglia region says it is facing a serious shortage of workers. It has urged the national government to speed up the issuing of permits for workers from outside the EU.

The Puglia branch of the Italian farmers association Coldiretti has warned of a dire lack of labor in the fields of the region, saying that there are not enough workers for both cherry orchards and tomato fields. It cited 30,000 "workdays lost" as a result.

The association reported a "lack of Italian and foreign farm workers in the agricultural sector, which provides for an average of 1.2 million jobs, according to CREA data. Doing away with the requirement for the Green Pass (proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19) is saving agricultural harvests in Italy, which are ensured by the presence in the fields of foreign workers that had risked being blocked," said the Puglia branch of Coldiretti.


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