Labour shortages threaten crops
Meanwhile, the horticulture industry warns it may have to reduce the harvest if labour shortages aren’t resolved. Growers worry about investing in planting and fertilising without knowing if there will be sufficient labour to harvest crops next season. It could lead to some growers quitting the business for lack of workers, thereby reducing New Zealand's food supply, Horticulture NZ says. Hospitality, pork, shearing, dairy and agricultural services industries are also concerned about labour shortages, as thousands of working holiday visas expire by 25 September.