CLA responds to update on seasonal labour

“Over 30,000 people have come forward to help farmers, following the call to ‘Feed the Nation’, through the COVID-19 pandemic.  However this is still not enough excellent response in not enough – we need 80,000 people to ensure fruit and vegetables are picked on time this summer. Reports are coming in of Eastern European farm workers are being flown to the UK on charter flights to pick fruit and vegetable crops.

Mark Bridgeman of the CLA said: “Where it is possible and safe to do so in the current circumstances, bringing in workers from overseas to help meet the shortfall is the right thing to do if we want to keep the supermarkets stocked.  However, we would strongly encourage people from across the country to keep coming forward and signing up with recruitment agencies.  There are good jobs available and great opportunities for those currently furloughed, unemployed or students.”

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.