150,000 volunteers signed up to help French agriculture

France has successfully managed to recruit 150,000 volunteers to help with harvesting and packing.

This comes after the Ministry of Agriculture and agricultural trade unions called on the unemployed to volunteer for seasonal harvests, particularly fruit harvests.

Nearly 150,000 people have already registered on the WiziFarm for linking volunteers and farmers.

France is estimated to need 200,000 people to balance the absence of seasonal foreign workers, who are unable to cross borders due to the restrictions in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

The majority of applicants are employees facing a partial or total shutdown of their professional activity.

Retired workers have also responded, but given that they are in the high-risk category, they have been encouraged to stay home.

However, the problem is that only 2500 French farmers have registered so far on the Wizifarm platform. Many of them also need qualified manpower, which is not the case for the majority of volunteers. 

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