The long search for sensitive strawberry pickers

19th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 January 2007, MADRID — Spanish strawberry growers were forced to travel to Morocco to find pickers to gather this year's harvest.

19 January 2007

MADRID — Spanish strawberry growers were forced to travel to Morocco to find pickers to gather this year's harvest.

A lack of the usual Romanian workforce of pickers,  forced the farmers of Huelva in western Spain, to travel to Mohamedia, between Rabat and Casablanca to find women to pick the fruit.

Working in collaboration with the Moroccan employment agency, Spanish businesses are to recruit over 2,600 women to work in Spain during the strawberry season.

Strawberry farmers say they prefer women because they "are better organized and more reliable," and "because picking strawberries requires a degree of sensitivity".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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