Berry manufacturers are considering chartering aircraft to bring in seasonal workers

FarmStrawberry.Farm in Lier.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / Scanpix

It is only a few weeks before the strawberries begin to ripen for harvesting and there is the urgency for berry producers to get the workers in place.

Hence, some berry producers are considering chartering a plane to bring in workers for the strawberry season.

Several non-traditional methods are now being considered to solve the problem, NRK reports.

“Some have talked about chartering a plane to get the seasonal workers in on time,“ said Jørn Eugen Haslestad, secretary of the Norwegian Sustainable Farmers’ Team.

On Wednesday, it became clear that foreign seasonal workers from countries outside the EEA could enter Norway to work.

Strawberry farmer Simen Myhrene from Sylling, who is scheduled to hire 26 Vietnamese, believes whatever earnings this year will be lower than normal as workers must be quarantined and infection control is demanding.

This means increased costs for the farmer, which in turn means more expensive berries.

“I don’t think we will get under 50 kroner per basket,“ said Myhrene.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


6 Comments on "Berry manufacturers are considering chartering aircraft to bring in seasonal workers"

  1. Kawser Ahmed | 9. May 2020 at 01:54 | Reply

    I want to work for agriculture of seasonal. I have card of Europe in Italy.

  2. Anowar Hossain | 9. May 2020 at 07:26 | Reply

    I live in Bangladesh, I want to come in Norway for working as a farmer.

  3. Md.Mohiuddin (Mohin) | 9. May 2020 at 09:19 | Reply

    I am a Bangladeshi man.I have been for the past five years I am working in NP Agriculture and Fishing Farm.I love working in agriculture and I love it.

  4. Hector Luis Hernandez | 9. May 2020 at 17:32 | Reply

    You know how many immigrants there are in the Mottak …. It is foolish to bring foreigners to work if they already have them and with a desire to work.
    They just have to go to the Mottak and hire them and ready …

  5. Md Rasel Khan | 16. May 2020 at 22:20 | Reply

    I live in Greece I want to come in Norway for working as a farmer

  6. Hi, i am doing agricultural job by born.last eight years i working in Singapor.i am very interest to come Norway with sessional visa for agriculture work.

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