“Work harvest” website
Short presentationTo deal with the difficulties to find farmworkers, the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian NRN decided to create an online platform to connect demand with the supply of labour at the domestic level. The website provides this service for both contractors looking for workers and jobseekers It also means no fees have to be paid to intermediaries.
GoalsThe main goal of this project was to provide food chain suppliers, food producers and entrepreneurs, with support in finding the right workers quickly, thus saving the 2020 seasonal fruit and vegetable harvest
Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)The COVID-19 pandemic has posed great challenges for producers and farmers. Labour market conditions have deteriorated and many people have lost their jobs, especially in the tourism and services sectors. In some sectors, however, labour shortages have emerged due to the loss of commuters and cross-border seasonal workers.
Actions implementedThe Hungarian National Rural Network (through its network of territorial managers), collected information from the grassroot level on the current situation, including the problems and difficulties faced.
In some areas, it has become almost impossible to find farm workers, which if not resolved, would cause serious losses in agriculture. The crop sector was particularly affected, while the livestock and processing industries suffered less from the new conditions.
The reason for this is that the picking of seasonal fruit and vegetables is often carried out by large numbers of workers from abroad, who this year were unable to cross the borders due to the COVID 19 emergency Meanwhile, strawberries, asparagus, cherries, etc were ripe and ready for picking, a situation requiring immediate action to prevent the 2020 crop from being lost It was obvious that the lost workforce had to be replaced either by people who had become unemployed in the service sector, or by workers from elsewhere within the country. However, many farmers and producers did not have a network of contacts to reach the domestic labour force.
To deal with this situation, the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and the Hungarian NRN decided to create an online platform to connect demand with the supply of labour at the domestic level The website provides this service for both contractors looking for workers and jobseekers It also means no fees have to be paid to intermediaries
Once the labour problem was identified, in the course of the crisis discussions, the a first step was for the Minister to draw up the specifications for the work required to design and build the "Work Harvest" website The crisis situation and the sudden shortage of manpower in agriculture required an immediate response, leaving little time to set up the website Once the decision to create the website was made and agreed to by the Board of the Hungarian NRN during an online meeting, a procurement procedure was announced for the development of the website. The operation of the website is currently guaranteed at least for three years.
Global cost (in Euros) : 55 000 €