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Australian banana growers relying on foreign workers

Australian banana growers relying on foreign workers

Updated 2 January 2013, 13:15 AEDT

Bananas remain a staple favourite of the national diet but while the fruit is Australian grown it's often foreign workers who are making sure the bananas reach consumers.

In the growing communities of far north Queensland the need for a consistent supply of employees to harvest and pack the crop has encouraged some farmers to turn to specialist labour hire companies who bring in workers from overseas. They're also increasingly reliant on backpackers to fill jobs which only a few years ago would mostly have been occupied by locals.

Presenter: Natalie Poyhonen

Speakers: Tully banana grower Patrick Leahy; Bill Shannon, Mayor Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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