The first 200 international fruit-picking workers will head to the Riverland after touching down in Adelaide ahead of the citrus harvest, with their arrival expected to ease “critical shortages” in the sector.
- The group is among 1,200 Tongan workers who will head to the Riverland in coming weeks
- The government says they are vital to ensure fruit is picked this season
- Growers are grateful, but say the cost of quarantine at a time of fruit fly outbreak is too high
The seasonal workers are the first cohort of about 1,200 from Tonga who will arrive in the state over the next three months.
All will be immediately transferred to the Paringa Resort near Renmark, where they will undertake two weeks of quarantine.
The SA government…