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JUGGLING ACT: Citrus SA chair Mark Doecke said it was important workers were ready to go as harvest ramped up, with a number of export markets reliant on SA produce.

JUGGLING ACT: Citrus SA chair Mark Doecke said it was important workers were ready to go as harvest ramped up, with a number of export markets reliant on SA produce.

The first of 1200 Pacific Islander workers have arrived in “the nick of time” to help the state’s citrus crop make it to market.

About 200 workers flew into Adelaide from Tonga on Friday last week, and are halfway through their two weeks of quarantine at the Paringa Resort in the Riverland before they are able to begin harvesting fruit.

Citrus SA chair Mark Doecke said it was satisfying to know growers could get through this year’s harvest, which was at risk due to difficulty sourcing labour.

He said the 1200 Pacific Islander workers would also be supplemented by existing…



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