Frustration over how to get more fruit and vegetable pickers on Australian farms has boiled over today, with some state agriculture ministers accusing their federal counterpart of avoiding the issue.
- A meeting between state and federal agriculture ministers is being held today
- Ahead of the meeting some state ministers wrote to the Federal minister, with that letter obtained by the ABC
- The letter calls for urgent action on farm labour shortages, ahead of summer harvest
Four state agriculture ministers have written to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, ahead of today’s Agriculture Ministers Meeting (AGMIN), saying farm labour shortages, trade issues with China and climate change were left off the agenda.