“I do not see a problem for the unemployed to engage in agriculture” the Labour and Pension System Minister, Josip Aladrović, said in an interview with the Croatian newspaper Večernji List, where he called for a more efficient labour policy in agriculture.
‘’It is expected that the workforce will adapt and participate in sectors that will be able to offer employment, and agriculture is just one of those sectors whose importance has been further enhanced by this crisis.”
“However, when it comes to the engagement of unemployed agricultural workers, I do not see a problem for that and the employment services of the Croatian Employment Service are doing it now,” he said.
All labour-intensive activities in agriculture – such as fruit growing, vegetable growing and viticulture – have faced major labour shortages since even prior to this pandemic.
The Croatian Employers Association (HUP) called on the Government at the end of March to initiate concrete measures to engage the workforce as soon as possible, which, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, receives financial assistance from the state, as well as the unemployed for seasonal agriculture jobs.