Not because of a rich harvest: This year too there is a lack of harvest workers, and there are hardly any Austrians

Closed borders and blatant cases of exploitation made harvest workers an issue in the corona year. Hundreds of workers are missing again this year.


SN / dpa

Local workers are rarely available for the asparagus harvest.

A non-farmer can do little with the size specification of 100 hectares. The matter becomes more conceivable when asparagus farmer Werner Magoschitz explains: “With my foil tunnels I could get to Vorarlberg.” Magoschitz orders around 500 kilometers of asparagus banks in Marchfeld. The manual harvest, which usually lasts from April to mid-June, requires around 180 workers. “There are 800 hours of work in every hectare,” explains Magoschitz. As chairman of the Marchfeld asparagus Region Association, he speaks for 14 companies with a total of more than …

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Accessed on March 19, 2021 at 6:04 am on https://www.sn.at/wirtschaft/oesterreich/von-wegen-reichen-ernte-auch-heuer-fehlen-erntehelfer-oesterreicher-findet-man-kaum-101258986

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