Be a local hero: NT calls for fruit pickers
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Northern Territory Farmers Association have partnered to launch a local worker attraction campaign encouraging Territorians to be “local heroes” by signing up for fruit picking jobs to help farmers get their produce to market.
Territory mangoes are facing new challenges this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions restricting seasonal and backpacker workforces, with farmers expecting a shortfall of up to 1000 workers. The recent move to allow 170 workers from Vanuatu to travel to the Northern Territory to help with the harvest is unlikely to make up for this worker shortage.
The “be the pick of the bunch” campaign encourages locals to be a Territory hero and support Territory farmers. The campaign wants to send the message that fruit picking can provide a great opportunity for Northern Territory locals to participate in meaningful work with an iconic Territory product.
Anyone can apply to do fruit picking – all you need is a good attitude, willingness to learn and to be reliable. Fruit pickers have the opportunity to learn new skills, work hard, make friends, earn good money and work next to some of the NT’s iconic locations.
Fruit picking is also a great way of getting a foot in the door in the agricultural sector, with opportunities for ongoing work, training and further career opportunities.
The Northern Territory is Australia’s largest grower of mangoes, producing around 52 percent of the national crop, with a farm gate production value of around $112 million.
Visit the Department of Primary Industry and Resources website to find out more about how to apply to become a Territory hero.