[21 September/Rural News]

Australian farmers support a proposed agricultural visa which would ease the worker shortage on farms. The industry considers there is a shortfall of 100,000 workers nationwide. National Farmers Federation Australia President, Fiona Simson, said its summer fruit harvest was under threat. She added many fruits were almost ripe for the picking, however growers would struggle to hire the workers they needed. Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, advocated for the new visa categories. He noted it was a priority of his and wanted it in time for this season. Ms Simson said the industry wanted to develop a domestic labour force, however that alone would not be the answer.