The scarcity of subject staff is affecting the New Mexico chilli trade

“The processors are having a hard time finding worrying workers because it is going down and (the chili) stays in the field and makes it so that the farmers cannot harvest it because it is secured in the processing line. “Said Joram Robbs, executive director of the New Mexico Chile Association.

A shortage of sales representatives has been affecting the entire state for some time. The number of employees fell by 40% last year, and this year is no different.

“We left 75% of our harvest in the field last year – no one to pick it. Last year we had six chili pickers, up from 30, ”said Glen Duggins, owner of Five Star Chile. “We used to pick 1,000 bags a day, today you can hardly get 300 to 400.”

Duggins said business costs have increased everywhere, from seeds to fertilizers. He estimated the harvest in the Rio Grande Valley would increase by 10 to 20%.

He said the price could be reflected on menus or in stores.

“We’re going through hell to get this stuff and it’s very expensive,” said Duggins. “We need you to spend another two to three dollars and buy it from us instead of overseas.”

Both Robbs and Duggins said to look for “New Mexico Certified Chili”.

“Buy more chili, support these guys because they’re going to have problems this year,” Duggins said.

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