“600,000 contracts are to be filled”

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As deconfinement begins, farmers are trying to prepare for the high season, without the usual reinforcement of foreign labor. “600,000 contracts are to be filled,” announces on Europe 1 the president of the National Association for Employment and Training in Agriculture.


As deconfinement begins in France, farmers are trying to prepare for the summer period despite the uncertainty created by the coronavirus. “Between June and the harvest, 600,000 contracts are looking for takers,” says Europe’s Mickael Jacquemin, a farmer in the Marne region and president of the National Association for Employment and Training in Agriculture (ANEFA).

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Several hiring platforms

Farmers usually rely on foreign labor in the summer. But in these times of health crisis, it is not yet a question of crossing borders. “We have recruitment problems every year, but they are amplified this year because of the epidemic,” says Mickael Jacquemin. On March 24, the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Gauillaume launched an appeal to the French without activity so that they offer their help to French agriculture. The “Arms for your plate” platform has already registered nearly 280,000 applications.

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“Unfortunately, not all registrants can be mobilized at the right time, or are not necessarily mobile,” regrets Mickael Jacquemin. He reminded the microphone of Europe 1 of the existence of several other hiring platforms, already in service before the crisis, such as “Agriculture recruits”, of which he is president.

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