Cash prizes of up to $100,000 are being offered in a novel move to ensure Queensland strawberry growers have enough workers to pick this year’s winter crop.
COVID-19 travel restrictions and high quarantine costs have caused serious seasonal labour shortages for Australia’s horticultural industries.
With the pool of working holiday makers which normally pick around 80 per cent of Queensland strawberry crop now down to a puddle, the state’s growers association decided to act.
In what the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association (QSGA) is describing as an industry first, people who work in the state’s strawberry fields in the coming harvest will get the chance to win 10 individual prizes of up to $100,000 each.
People who work on…