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Fruit pickers can gain up to TOP$30, 000 for a 6 months contract

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/01/2017

A Tongan fruit picker can earn up to TOP$30,000 during a 6 months contract in Australia IF the fruit picker is committed and dedicated, honest and never forget his cultural and family identity.

The TOP$30,000 includes the expenses for air fare, transport, accommodation, health insurance and tax.

A supervisor for a Fruit Picking Company – the Plant, Grow and Pick in Mildura, Queensland Australia Hingano Tulahe is in Nuku’alofa and he said some of the successful fruit pickers return home with a huge amount of money to help develop their families.

Some people were able to buy themselves vehicles and improve their living standards and properties.

This follows many days of hard working under the sun from Monday to Sunday.

Hingano said the problem when fruit pickers return, those who were not successful in their endeavors complain about not having enough pay and others.

He said their stories are discouraging others who are thinking of joining the fruit picking scheme of a particular contractor.

He said about 50 people from 200-300 fruit pickers were not happy with the amount of money they received after working for 6 months.

Hingano said these were the pickers who didn’t perform well and made wise decisions to save money and reduce unnecessary expenses or showed commitments to their jobs.

He called these complains, misinformation and lies which ruins the reputation of the contractor.

Hingano re-emphasized, that the employment opportunities were given to school drop outs to work in overseas countries and to help develop their families in Tonga.

Radio and Television Tonga is awaiting comments from related stakeholders such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other seasonal fruit picking contractors, regarding the issue.

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