We need your workers, US farmers tell regional leaders
Californian farmers organized an agricultural summit in Fresno to seek ways of bringing more Central American workers to the United States to harvest their crops.
Monday, June 9, 2008
El Salvador's deputy president, Ana Vilma de Escobar, attended the meeting. The American farmers, she said, urgently need to hire 180,000 workers. But Escobar was reluctant to make any promises pending a US immigration reform that would provide permanent residence for thousands of Salvadorans already living in the US on temporary visas.
The harvest of sugar, coffee, melon and other agricultural products is awaiting the arrival of Nicaraguan labor.
Costa Rica needs 75,000 coffee pickers for the harvesting which starts in November and another 7,350 people to harvest sugar cane and melon.
Competition is heating up in Central America for labor in sectors such as agriculture, construction and domestic service.
29 new foreign investment projects in high technology services, medical devices and advanced manufacturing.
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