Richard Eckersley is a citrus grower in Harvey, in the South West of Western Australia . He is worried that the labour shortage will cause a price hike in fruit and vegetables in WA. Although his farm had enough workers for this season, plenty of other farmers were struggling to get workers to pick and package the produce.
Thewest.com.au quoted Eckersley as saying that, while said backpackers and seasonal workers were usually employed to do the job, however, with an international travel ban, fruit had been rotting on trees.
He said this would create a shortage in the market that would drive up the costs of fresh produce for everyday Australians. The growers claims he managed to scrape through for this season but was worried about what future seasons would mean for his farm if the labour shortage continued.