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Berry campaign in Spain marked by shortage of laborers

The shortage of laborers is having an impact on the agricultural season in the province of Huelva. Last September, the Andalusian Employment Service (SAE) published 10,000 job offers for the campaign that will start soon in the province, registering only a low number of applications. The lack of candidates contrasts notably with the latest data from the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Services (corresponding to September), which shows that in Huelva there are 8,829 people unemployed in the agricultural sector.

Although the Employment Department of the Government of Andalusia hasn't yet published any data on the applications submitted so far, the registration has been reopened in order to extend the deadlines, since unofficial sources report that only about 200 people have asked to work in the fields.

In the previous campaign, 12,000 jobs were offered by agricultural entrepreneurs and only 794 applications were made by workers in Huelva.

This year, the SAE is using the Agricultural Employment Management (GEA) platform for the second consecutive season. This is a digital tool to allow applicants to register. "We do not know if it is due to ignorance or because there is not enough demand, but the fact is that not enough people have registered," said the territorial delegate of Employment in Huelva, Antonio Agustín. He said that they are not ruling out a return to the traditional system if it is confirmed that this formula does not yield the expected results.

Given this situation, the president of Asaja Huelva, José Luis García Palacios, has asked the new Andalusian Government to review the regulations governing the agricultural subsidies, updating them if necessary. "It is a shame that the active search for employment is not encouraged, instead of promoting a subsidized society," he said.



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