Glas Slavonije reports on the state of autumn pickings in Croatia. "If it weren’t for the Nepalese, we would have no apples. Yes, people whose home is 6,000 kilometers away are saving the day again.”
It seems Croatians are unwilling to work in several sectors that are clamoring for laborers. This problem is present as well in orchards, vineyards, and soon also in olive groves. Hourly wages are too low, Croatian pickers are asking for more, and farmers can no longer offer that, so the solution arrives from Nepal.
"We have about a hundred local people for whom we have provided transport to the orchard and 200 foreign workers who are partly from the region but mostly from Nepal, to whom we have provided all the adequate needs, including accommodation and food as well as bus transport to the orchard", said Ivona Tupek, director of Moslavina Fruit.