Californian farmers seek Central America labor

The search for a steady labor force has some Valley growers working with government leaders in Central American countries.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Farmers face a growing uncertainty over the supply of workers from Mexico. Without the personnel to harvest the crop food would rot in the fields. It is a scenario farmers fear so they've been working with leaders in Central America to try to establish a guest-worker program.
Manuel Cunha of the Nisei Farmers League recently returned from a visit to Honduras and El Salvador. He said "We had great meetings with all of the governmental agencies, including both presidents of both countries, opening diplomatic relationship for agricultural so we could bring a guest worker program from their country."

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