The current challenges UK agriculture businesses face in recruiting EU labour ‘will become a crisis if swift action isn’t taken by the Government’, the chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has warned.
In an article of a special edition of Farm Business dedicated entirely to the subject of EU labour, Neil Parish outlines why many businesses are currently facing a problem in recruiting sufficient staff numbers. Following an inquiry by the EFRA Committee into the subject, the Devon MP outlines why he believes the introduction of a Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) will be essential after we leave the EU in 2019.
Elsewhere in this edition, making his case is one of the country’s biggest horticulture businesses, which employing 300 EU workers, is right on the front line. He has been active in making the case to Cabinet ministers, including Amber Rudd, as she was sampling his raspberries at a local dinner.
Farm Business also delves into evidence laid out in reports on the subject and examine the bare statistics that show why EU labour is so important to this industry. We gauge views from across the industry, including the results of member surveys run by various organisations over the past 12 months.
Finally, the politics of Brexit and immigration are examined to highlight the scale of the challenge facing the sector when it comes to finding political solutions.
Also this edition unveils the finalists for the 2017 Food and Farming Industry Awards. Additional tickets to the event are available here