August 2, 2021
Wellington (Reuters) -New Zealand will begin a one-way, unquarantine trip to seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga and Banuatu to address the labor shortage in the horticultural industry, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. ..
Ardan said at a news conference that the quarantine-free arrangement is expected to begin in September. This is only available to qualified workers under the Certified Seasonal Employer System, which allows the horticultural sector to recruit workers from abroad for seasonal work if there are not enough New Zealand workers. increase.
The plan was suspended last year due to the closure of the border by COVID-19.
“COVID has closed its borders and New Zealand, like many others, has experienced a labor shortage,” Ardan said.
“We know that our agricultural sector is experiencing challenges,” she said.
Ardan is expected to reveal more details next week on how the country will gradually reopen its borders.
New Zealand has been successful in containing the coronavirus epidemic within its borders, with no community cases reported since February.
The Pacific Islands have reported approximately 2,500 confirmed coronavirus cases and 26 associated deaths.
(Report by Praveen Menon; edited by Edmund Klamann)
New Zealand launches one-way trip to workers in some Pacific countries
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