Costa Rica Seeks Agricultural Workers for the 2013 Harvest Season

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – With the arrival of the harvest season in November, Costa Rica will need about 75,000 people to harvest coffee, sugar cane, and melon, said the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTSS).

    The MTSS, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Agro-Industrial League of Sugarcane (LAY) and the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFE), have started a campaign to find these 82,350 people willing to work temporarily in agriculture.

    In previous years the authorities were seeking about 90,000 workers, but due to the severe impact of the rust fungus on the coffee harvest, this total has dropped significantly, said the Minister of Labor, Olman Segura.

    “Agriculture is the second largest employment generator nationally,” said Agriculture Minister, Gloria Abraham, who is concerned that the harvest is compromised by the lack of labor.

    So far there are 40,000 workers for crops. Costa Rican authorities seek the help of not only domestic workers, but also the participation of immigrants from countries such as Nicaragua, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama and the United States.

    “This job is temporary, lasting from November to April, and in the case of coffee, has been done in the past with a foreign labor of almost fifty percent,” said CEO of ICAFE, Ronald Peters. (EFE)

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