Norwegian Farmers’ Association wants more Norwegians to work as seasonal workers

Tractor - agriculturePhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

The coronavirus crisis has led to a great shortage of seasonal workers in Norwegian agriculture. The Norwegian Farmers’ Association will now collaborate with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) to improve recruitment.

Norwegian farmers have struggled to find foreign labor for seasonal work during the corona crisis after the borders were closed, newspaper Nationen writes.

At the same time, it is very demanding to replace competent foreign labor with Norwegian labor without experience or education in the field.

“We work closely with the NAV to try to help producers who need seasonal labor to find competent Norwegians,” Bodhild Fjelltveit, second deputy head of the Norwegian Farmers’ Association, said.

Long-term planning required

The Farmers’ Association also called on the country’s agricultural schools to encourage students to apply for summer jobs in agriculture.

“A stable supply of Norwegian labor requires a more long-term and targeted commitment to educating and recruiting young people into green industries,” Fjelltveit said.

At the same time, she asked the government to make arrangements for the most critical foreign workforce to enter the country under a strict infection control regime.

“Without this workforce, we fear a sharp reduction in Norwegian green production this year,” she warned.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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