Almeria has more farm workers than ever before

Some 50,000 people are employed in the agricultural sector in the province. This is a record, we’ve never had that many before.

Two ways of looking at this, muses me…

a) The “Official One”: José Manuel Ortiz, territorial delegate of the Andalucian Ministry for Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Ambiente, congratulates the farmers of the province for struggling against the economic crisis, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy;

b) The DJ one: We’re all going backwards onto the farms, and because they’ve upped the inspections, all the illegal immigrants have been slung out into the street and junk contracts for the season issued grudgingly by the farmers to the great unemployed of the province.

Fishermen are also up: 907 last year versus 961 this year.

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