Lack of hands: in Finland, 2 million tons of strawberries are rotting in the fields due to the war in Ukraine

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Now Finnish farmers have turned their attention to workers from Thailand who will replace Ukrainians in the strawberry fields.

Finland is experiencing a shortage of labor from Ukraine, which could lead to the death of two million tons of strawberries in the fields. The reason for this, according to local farmers, is the Russian-Ukrainian war and unfavorable weather this year. This is reported by the Finnish news portal YLE.

Observers visited the Alanteen Tila farm in Paimio, where about 250 tons of strawberries are harvested every year. But this year, almost a quarter of the entire crop was left in the field, as the farm is experiencing an acute shortage of workers, who mainly came from Ukraine.

“All summer long we were looking for workforce, both assemblers and salespeople, and I heard that many entrepreneurs said how difficult it was to find employees,” says Aarnie Alanne, CEO of Alanteen Tila.

Martial law in Ukraine led to the fact that Finnish farmers are fundamentally short of labor, because of this, a total of up to 15% of the country's strawberry crop will remain in the fields.However, according to the executive director of the Association of Horticulturalists and Berry Growers Miika Ilomäki,the situation is still not as catastrophic as it might seem at first glance, because every year a certain percentage of strawberries remain in the fields.

Meanwhile, Finnish farmers are actively looking for replacements for Ukrainians in their fields. Workers from Thailand may become potential strawberry pickers. According to entrepreneur Vesa Koivistoinen, Thais have experience in this kind of hard work, but it takes longer to register them as wage laborers.

“Extra paperwork, bureaucracy…Thais have experience in this kind of hard work, as used to pick wild berries. Thais already worked for us ten years ago and have proven themselves well. They are very hardworking,” the entrepreneur said.

On June 11, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded to a petition to lift the ban on leaving Ukraine for men and refused to satisfy her. The head of state argued the refusal. that according to the Constitution, the protection of the state is the duty of all the people of Ukraine.

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