Staff needed for primary sector at crisis point

Rural Exchange 04/03/2018

The previous National government has set a target of doubling annual export income from farming, horticulture, seafood and other primary industries from 2015 to 2025.

We are in crisis point for getting school leavers to enter training courses & tertiary education focused on the primary or ‘food’ sector which needs to attract 100,000 more people entering the industry.

Industry growth is in every area from board rooms, laboratories, food marketing, processing as well as on farm or out at sea.

The Rural Exchange team speak to Linda Sissons, chief executive of Primary ITO about the scary situation ahead if we as a country don’t put more emphasis on fixing the shortage of workers.

Watch the full interview with Linda Sissons above.

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