Travel ban set to hurt Australian farms that rely on backpackers as fruit-pickers

Australia's farms face a shortage of seasonal workers for the upcoming picking season but may get a boost from a proposal being pitched by the tourism authorities to the federal government to let backpackers be among the first international visitors allowed back in the country.

Each year, hordes of backpackers come from around the world to help pick fruit, vegetables and other crops at the nation's farms.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2020, with the headline 'Travel ban set to hurt Australian farms that rely on backpackers as fruit-pickers'. Print Edition | Subscribe