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Shift on farm employment patterns

Hex River Valley farms have started including labour brokers in their employment patterns.

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CAPE Town - New research shows there has been a shift in employment patterns on farms in the Hex River Valley Area near Worcester.

One of the significant changes includes the use of labour brokers.

These findings were discussed at great length at an open dialogue centred around labour trends in the rural community.

It seems some farmers they have changed the way they hire seasonal farm workers.

Prior to the violent xenophobic attacks in 2008, farmers largely relied on labour brokers to recruit and transport workers, they are now making use of their own foreman and supervisors, to hire temporary staff.

Research shows the most visible foreign migrants in the area are from Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Some farm association also indicated the town has become a recruiting ground for other areas in the Western Cape.

Researcher Jan Theron, however, admits there is a major need for in depth studies adding it plays a crucial role in the province’s rural economy.

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