News ID: 278385
Published: 1136 GMT December 20, 2020

COVID labor shortage makes Greek olive harvest a traditional family affair again

COVID labor shortage makes Greek olive harvest a traditional family affair again
ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP
The olive harvest is set to last an extra month without seasonal workers on Nikos Argirakis' farm, Greece.

Nestled amid ancient ruins overrun by vegetation, Nikos Argirakis' estate in Greece's main olive growing region usually has dozens of foreign workers toiling around his 1,000 olive trees.

This year, the 40-year-old had to ask his sister and elderly mother to lend a hand because of labor shortages brought about by Greece's coronavirus restrictions, AFP reported.

"It's how our grandparents used to do it," he mused. "The harvest was always a family affair."

Greece last month closed its border with Albania, the main source of its seasonal agricultural labor.

   
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