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.
Honduras, however, said it would do what it could to help solve the US farmers' problem.

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Costa Rica needs Nicaraguan labor

November 2008

The harvest of sugar, coffee, melon and other agricultural products is awaiting the arrival of Nicaraguan labor.

In Costa Rica, the harvesting of coffee, sugar cane, cantaloupe, watermelon, mango, orange, and pineapple starts in October. These sectors compete for workers who mainly come from Nicaragua.

Manual Labor to Harvest Coffee, Sugarcane and Melons

October 2013

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.

This was announced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) who in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agro-Industrial Sugarcane League (LAY) and the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (iCafe), conducted a campaign to find those 82,350 employees for the harvest season which runs from November to April.

Costa Rica: No Penalty To Be Imposed for Illegal Agricultural Workers

December 2015

For the fifth time since 2013 fines for hiring foreign agricultural workers to harvest coffee and other agricultural products will be suspended.

The government has announced that in January 2016 it will declare a further extension to prevent the collection of fines from companies in the agricultural sector employing foreign labor for the harvesting season.

Labor shortages boost wages in region

April 2008

Competition is heating up in Central America for labor in sectors such as agriculture, construction and domestic service.

Wages are increasing rapidly because of the shortage in Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
In Panama and Costa Rica alone, some 300,000 workers need to be imported for harvests and the modernization of the Panama Canal, according to the World Migration Organization.

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