19 Jan 2009

Farm worker shortage to be raised at summit

10:49 am on 19 January 2009

Federated Farmers says a shortage in farm workers could provide a solution to the country's weakening employment market.

A report by Federated Farmers and Rabobank shows there is a need for skilled workers.

It also said that in the year to August 2008 farm workers earned on average about $2,000 more than the national average income of $39,517.

The report also showed farm workers in the South Island earn more than their North Island counterparts.

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson plans to discuss the worker shortage at the Government's employment summit next month.

He said the report reflects a new belief that agriculture is a viable career option. Mr Nicholson said agriculture is one of the few careers that can lead to self-employment.