Andalusia's Agricultural Food Cooperatives have asked the Board of Andalusia to intervene to guarantee the availability of sufficient manpower for the different agricultural campaigns that will be held in the autonomous community this year.
The president of the entity, Juan Rafael Leal, made this request to the Minister of Employment, Rocio Blanco on a visit to the Coophuelva cooperative in Lucena del Puerto (Huelva). "The farms cannot lack day laborers as they have during the COVID-19 health crisis despite being an essential sector," he stated.
He referenced the greening and citrus harvesting campaigns that start in the autumn, which in previous years have been affected by a lack of workers.
He also requested the Andalusian Administration implement a series of measures to facilitate the management of agri-food cooperatives during the 'new normal' and to promote agricultural employment as a quality job opportunity to guarantee the workforce in future campaigns. In this sense, Leal highlighted the strategic role that the agri-food sector can play in the recovery of the labor market.
Finally, the president of Andalusia's Agricultural Food Cooperatives urged the representative of the Board to jointly promote a training plan that reinforces the qualifications of the sector, enhances agricultural employment, and turns agriculture into an attractive economic activity that generates stable work.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com