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The war and labor shortages have plunged farmers into crisis. The compensation plan has not yet arrived, some agricultural produce has been thrown away, the shortage of vegetables has reached the market, and the farmers are desperate. "More than half of the foreign workers left the area, so we couldn't pick all the produce and work the fields," shared Alon Oli, a farmer from the Sdot Negba Regional Council.
Alon believes that the lack of care in the fields, and especially the shortage of labor, will cause prices to rise for consumers. Tomer, a farmer from the Eshkol Regional Council, also emphasized that the price increase is already visible: "There is a shortage of tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants, so we are seeing price increases," he explained.
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Tomer's damages amount to millions of shekels. "There were no workers to work the fields, it was also impossible to plant fields," he said. "Since Black Saturday, we haven't been able to enter the farmland for two weeks. Now you can come in, but there are no workers." Tomer said that at the moment the few workers are trying to save what is available. "We have not yet received compensation from the state, there is an outline that is still in final discussions, but at the moment they have only given us an advance."
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