The studies of espresso workers contracting COVID-19 in Kodagu has bothered the growers as they consider that such instances will additional escalate labour scarcity already being confronted by the district as a result of extension of lockdown.
In most locations, workers keep in estates and interact in routine work. Such workers are additionally getting contaminated moreover those that are domestically out there and employed every day.
Also, the growers have been instructed to not put the resident workers instantly on work upon their return from COVID-19 Care Centres after recovering from the an infection and redeploy them solely after putting them in quarantine for every week.
The planters have instructions towards sourcing workers from different States as a precaution in view of the pandemic state of affairs.
“A lot of risks are involved now in engaging workers. If one worker is infected, other workers who will be identified as contacts are placed in quarantine as per the protocol. In this situation, getting labour from other districts is also challenging. If we insist on testing before hiring, they may not come for work,” in accordance with planters.
The planters at a current assembly in Madikeri with Okay.G. Bopaiah, MLA, mentioned the difficulty of workers testing positive to COVID-19.