And new data shows less than 5 per cent of those positions have been filled through the State’s $3 million accommodation subsidy scheme.
The McGowan Government has transferred ownership of Ord land to native title holders
In the Manjimup region alone, more than 2000 seasonal workers are needed in the coming months to pick and pack fruit and vegetables including avocados, cauliflowers and cherries.
A State Government scheme to encourage more West Australians to take up farm work during the harvest season has been slammed after it was revealed fewer than 100 people have been approved.
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WA’s horticulture industry has been reassured a deal to quarantine more than 300 Pacific Islander workers needed to help with the State’s fruit and vegetable harvest should be resolved next week.
WA apple growers are calling for “vigorous safeguards” to be put in place if US apple imports are given the green light, over fears foreign pests could enter the State and wipe out orchards.
A Carnarvon banana grower will promote information flow and work to achieve the best outcomes for levy payers, if elected to a national research and development body later this month.
Spudshed CEO Frankie Galati has warned the price of some fruit and vegetables are set to sky-rocket this Christmas as labour shortages and WA’s hard border begin to bite.
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Ord farmers touted as the first beneficiaries of a plan to allow workers from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste to enter WA say the measure has come too late for this year.
Farm workers from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste will be brought into WA to help bring in this year’s harvests, the State Government has revealed.
Growers says the Government’s move to attract Australians to the country to pick fruit and veg have come months too late to avoid shortages and price hikes.
WA-bred apples are among the healthiest in the world and they could soon become even healthier, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.
As part of the $301 million nationwide Drought Communities Programme initiative, 25 WA local governments were awarded $1million and a further 10 received $500,000.
The Daws family, which pioneered the State’s live export industry, has become a major shareholder in an avocado-focused business
A Rabobank report found WA was the weakest performing of all States for median farmland value growth.
With 7000 workers needed for agricultural work in coming months, the State Government has announced a scheme to entice seasonal agricultural workers into regional WA.
Diplomatic tensions between China and Australia may have soured but demand from the Asian giant for WA oranges has never been sweeter.
The future of a $400 million water infrastructure project in the South West is in doubt after a deal could not be struck with coal companies.
A 60-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a public officer following an incident in Manjimup on August 3.
A new report has painted a positive picture for the fledgling cotton industry in WA’s far north, forecasting global cotton consumption to grow by 13 million bales over the next 10 years.
The Chinese-owned company farming large parcels of the Ord hopes to finish developing its flagship and biggest farm this year, nearly seven years after being awarded the rights.
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Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan says farm industries could do more to attract local workers, as seasonal workers dry up amid COVID travel restrictions.
Perth’s strawberry growers are calling on families to come and pick their own fruit earlier this year, to put a dent in thousands of tonnes set to rot because there isn’t the manpower for harvest.
Farming industries are lobbying WA Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan to urgently broker a deal to allow international workers into the State.
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