Northern Territory mango farms set for workforce boost

The Northern Territory’s mango industry has been given some much-needed relief with up to 400 overseas workers being allowed to enter Australia.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the workers from Vanuatu and Samoa will arrive from late August, under the federal government’s Seasonal Worker Programme.

Those people will quarantine at the Howard Springs facility – ahead of what is forecast to be a bumper harvest.

The Northern Territory produces half of Australia’s mangoes – close to 5 million trays every year.

Correction: An earlier version of this story which aired on Sky News Australia reported that 384 workers had been granted entry to Australia under the federal government’s new Agriculture Visa program. This was inaccurate, the workers have been granted entry under the Seasonal Worker Program.