Campaign For More Mango Pickers Receives A Boost From Northern Territory Govt

Campaign For More Mango Pickers Receives A Boost From Northern Territory Govt

Northern Territory Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo

Sweet Jobs Ripe For The Picking

Victor P Taffa

A new campaign to help attract local workers to Northern Territory farms for this year’s mango picking season has received a $25,000 boost from the Northern Territory Government.

“Territory Government’s number one priority is jobs.” Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo said.

“This campaign will help raise awareness of the employment opportunities for locals in the seasonal horticultural sector, which can be a pathway to ongoing, stable employment in the sector.”

Sweetest Job campaign is a partnership between multiple agencies and advocacy groups to help Territory farmers fill the 2, 500 positions on offer during the 8 week annual picking season in October and November.

“Aim of this campaign is to gain a returning workforce of local employees, to reduce re-training costs and drive job creation within the local economy.” RDA Chief Executive Kate Peake said.

Northern Territory produces nearly half of Australia’s mangoes. The industry is the Northern Territories largest horticultural sector, contributing $88 Million to the economy annually.

Positions are mainly located on farms in the Katherine and Litchfield areas.

Backpackers have traditionally filled the seasonal roles, which offer significant financial rewards in a short space of time.

“Getting temporary workers to harvest mangoes can be difficult. The Sweetest Job campaign offers growers the chance to build a returning workforce of local residents that will not only benefit our industry but also the communities in the region by opening up opportunities for those who may not have considered our industry for work previously.” NT Farmers President Simon Smith said.

NT Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal fruit growers across the country who rely on casual labour have been among the hardest hit by this year’s Federal Government introduction of a backpacker tax.

Sweetest Job campaign is a partnership between the Territory Government’s Workforce NT, Regional Development Australia Northern Territory, the NT Farmers Association, and Litchfield Council.

 

Abbreviations:

NT                   Northern Territory