New orchard management programme

Shlok Kant and Taj Singh.

Employment breaches and labour exploitation is a widespread problem in the kiwifruit industry.

Often contractors or employers are blamed for everything that is wrong with the industry, but there are different layers to the problem which need to be understood.

It’s not just the employees who are suffering, but also the orchard owners and the employers.

In this fast-growing digital world, where we are doing most of our day-to-day activities online, New Zealand kiwifruit orchards are still using paper for their work management, which at times can be easily manipulated. There needs to be a widespread adaptation of technology, which can not only ease out the interoperability within the different government departments, but also can provide a tool for easy workforce management for orchard owners.

Kiwihort Solutions Limited has developed a web-based orchard management tool which is designed to strengthen the link between kiwifruit orchard owners, managers, contractors and workers. The founder of the company, Tajinder Singh, has more than 10 years’ experience working with orchard owners and workers and he has put in all of his industry knowledge to develop Kiwihort.

“We strive to provide a cloud-based platform from where the farmers or the orchard owners can easily manage the day-to-day activity on their orchards, while the workers get an opportunity to earn fairly and are provided training about their legal rights so that they don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of exploitation,” says business manager Shlok Kant.

Kiwihort’s vision is to ultimately provide peace of mind for farm owners and delivering fair pay to orchard workforces.

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