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Malaysia Offers 8,600 Jobs for Locals Who Can Pick Fruit for Palm Oil Giants

A worker inspects palm oil fruit bunches at a palm oil estate in Gemas, Johor, Malaysia.

A worker inspects palm oil fruit bunches at a palm oil estate in Gemas, Johor, Malaysia.

Photographer: Joshua Paul/Bloomberg

Malaysia is taking the hunt for palm oil workers online as the world’s second-biggest producer struggles to ease an acute labor shortage that’s costing farmers billions of dollars in unharvested fruit.

The two-day virtual career carnival, organized by the plantations and human resources ministries together with the country’s social security organization, seeks to fill over 8,600 jobs offered by 26 employers in the farm sector. About 3,000 locals, including graduates and indigenous communities are expected to participate.