Lack of workers in the field is a common problem for all EU countries. According to calculations by the European Foundation for Innovation and Application of Technology (Intec), Spain lacks 160,000 short-term workers for agricultural campaigns, although the figure may multiply by at least two in May or June, as new harvest campaigns start.
At this time, and according to the entity's data, campaigns such as those of “berries, asparagus and cut flowers have suffered. In some cases, like that of asparagus, entire crops have been wasted because of the lack of workers," who usually came from other countries and now cannot do so due to the closure of borders in the Schengen area.
For this reason, Intec has proposed the development of a free mobile platform to try to connect producers with potential laborers internationally.
An app that connects supply and demand
Through its support platform #agrifoodbeatscoronavirus, Intec has launched a campaign to create an international mobile app. The main goal is to "connect the supply and the demand," although they do not rule out other functionalities for the tool.
Another option proposed to address the lack of labor is resorting to "people who have become unemployed in other sectors."