According to HS data, among the “key people” in agriculture who have been identified as critical for security of supply, there are also newcomers who have never been to Finland and have little experience.

According to the HS, a small proportion of the persons on the list are also those who could not or could not be issued a residence permit from Finland.

Foreigners had to enter Finland on the basis that the facilities needed experienced foremen and other “key personnel”. It was also intended that they would guide those to be hired later.

When Finland's external borders closed in March, no one had to enter the country first. The government then decided that a group of seasonal workers, key to security of supply, should have access to farms.

At the beginning of April, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry used a quick online survey to collect name data from farms about those foreigners who are critical to the farms. The Ministry issued the list as a recommendation to the Border Guard.

Veli-Pekka Reskola, Senior Inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, tells HS that he does not know why employees who have not been to Finland and who have little experience have been listed. According to him, the word of the farmers was trusted. However, most of those on the list have been in Finland before.

Four mechanized Ukrainians were to arrive in Finland in April – May. However, the future of rural areas reported over the weekend that Ukraine will no longer allow labor abroad.

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) confirmed yesterday that, at least for the time being, no more Ukrainian seasonal workers, defined as important by the Security of Supply Center, will be allowed in Finland.

Haavisto says that Finland had a bit of luck on the trip, when one of the mechanized Ukrainians was taken off last Thursday.

Juha Marttila, chairman of MTK, the Federation of Finnish Agricultural and Forestry Producers, called on the government to take quick action to secure seasonal agricultural labor over the weekend.

According to Marttila, if seasonal labor cannot be secured, it can result in farm collapses and a reduction in production.