The Knesset debated the use of foreigners, many of whom come from Thailand, to work on Israeli farms on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir stated, "in 2013 the quota of foreign workers in agriculture stood at 24,000." He predicted more for the coming Western calendar year. Maayan Nesher of the Ministry of Finance stated that Israeli citizens were being ignored in favor of both legal and illegal foreigners. Member of Knesset Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) who was born and raised in the Moshav Yaara farming community stated that sometimes Israeli farmers need the extra help from foreigners. He also complained of government bureaucracy coupled with red tape from foreign countries holding up the rate of exporting fruits and vegetables.