How Labour Challenges Will Shape the Future of the ‘Field Fruit and Vegetable’ Industry

The field fruit and vegetable industry is a significant agriculture employer with substantial labour challenges. Over the next decade, those challenges will intensify as a shrinking pool of domestic workers and an increased reliance on foreign workers will make the industry even more vulnerable to labour policy changes and lost sales due to labour shortages. The ‘field fruit and vegetable’ industry includes farms that produce potatoes and other root vegetables, melons, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables not grown under cover. Jobs in this industry tend to be labour intensive and highly seasonal.