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Fruit pickers to be flown in from Vanuatu

A pilot program is hoped to hold the answers to Australia’s looming seasonal worker shortage.

A targeted trial will see 170 farm workers flown from Vanuatu to assist with this year’s mango harvest in the Northern Territory.

It was feared tonnes of fruit would be left to rot on the crop, as the mango industry faced a worker shortage of up to 1000 people.

Oliver Peterson spoke with Myalup vegetable grower Mia Rose about the struggles to attract workers and NT Farmers Chief Executive Paul Burke about why Vanuatu workers will be flown in.

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