Border blue casts doubt over harvest

Grain Central, October 18, 2021

THE Prime Minister, Scott Morrison’s decision to overrule a planned removal of quarantine arrangements has sparked fresh fears harvest will be spoiled, according to NSW Farmers.

The farm lobby group’s president, James Jackson, said he was stunned to hear of the reversal just hours after NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet promised to scrap hotel quarantine.

“We had been calling for cheaper and more efficient quarantine arrangements heading into a big harvest season, and were relieved by the Premier’s announcement,” Mr Jackson said.

“Now we’re left shaking our heads. Plants ready for harvest don’t care about political finger-pointing or vaccination rates; our farmers desperately need workers and this is just another barrier to getting the help they need.

“Both the state and federal governments urgently need to sit down and sort this out, so we can get on with the job of harvesting our crops and helping rebuild the economy.”

Source: NSW Farmers





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