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There are fears fresh Riverland produce could go to waste, unless urgent predicted labour shortages are rectified.

Currently there are calls from industry that more pacific island workers need to come to the region to assist with harvest from October to November.

Speaking to The Advertiser, Summerfruit SA chairman Jason Size said wastage could be a major issue this season.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said the state government was “working closely with industry” to fill seasonal worker shortages.

Current figures show just over 1200 Pacific island workers are employed in SA, with the Paringa Resort accommodation site being used as a quarantine facility earlier this year.

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