Study shows Australia's agriculture sector short by 96,000 workers

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Australia's agriculture sector has a labor shortage of at least 96,000 full-time workers and 10, 000 part-time workers, a new study showed on Tuesday.

The Australian Farm Institute on Tuesday released the study, which concluded that if the sector continues on a business-as- usual course the shortage will worsen, driving up labor costs and limiting future growth in the sector.

Executive director Mick Keogh said agriculture was competing with mining for regional workers, and he believed there was a generally poor perception of the farming sector among school leavers.

There was a lack of defined career paths for younger people and an "indifferent" attitude from employers towards helping workers with additional education or training, Keogh said in the statement on Tuesday.

The research backs a National Farmers Federation study released in April that put the workforce shortage at around 90,000.

The study was funded by the institute with Horticulture Australia and Agrifood Skills Australia.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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