Due to the labour shortage situation, a Victorian table grapes producer is forced to admit that the upcoming season may be tumultuous due to the weather change and labour shortage. However, due to the great demand, there are hoards of opportunities that are present. Orchard Tech has decided to keep supplying the table groups to Japan and Hong Kong. Additionally, some interest is also being shown from Phillipines and Vietnam.
Also, it is being expected that the picking should start in less than a fortnight. Furthermore, in order to gear up for the unpredictable COVID situation, Orchard Tech will begin to start doing some shed packing. Nevertheless, the biggest problem that has cropped up is the shortage of labour. Due to the border closures, there hasn’t been any kind of travelling that has happened. Moreover, it is crucial to pick the table grapes before any major rainfall.
Hari Yellina, of Orchard Tech, opines that Australia is in a ‘pole position.’ Even though the COVID rates are low and the environment is green and friendly, the labour shortages are making it hard for picking the table grapes. Since the demand is extremely high it is becoming difficult to manage the harvest season.