Help Harvest NSW website will connect people to farm work opportunities

IN THE FIELD: Help Harvest NSW website launches to help people get back to work in agriculture industry. Photo: FILE
IN THE FIELD: Help Harvest NSW website launches to help people get back to work in agriculture industry. Photo: FILE

A new one-stop resource will help the agriculture industry overcome a COVID-induced labour shortage to get unemployed people back to work.

The Help Harvest NSW website will connect people with farm work opportunities across the state as part of the NSW Government's COVID Recovery Plan.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said it was critical to act now as there would be a shortage of between 3,500 and 5,000 workers needed in the state.

"Farmers are desperate to find contractors and employees willing to work to make the most of the bumper harvest we're about to have," he said.

"A high volume of primary industries labour generally comes from overseas and due to COVID-19 international travel restrictions there simply isn't the number of farm workers the ag industry needs at the moment.

Mr Marshall added he has a message to the increasing number of people looking for a job at the moment.

"Get off your bum and get into agriculture - we need you," he said.

"At a time when we are just beginning to emerge from drought, our state's farmers cannot afford to miss out on the financial uplift that comes from a strong harvest."