jack121 Posted July 4, 2022 Share Posted July 4, 2022 As the UK enters its peak harvesting season , tons of peeps are being refused visas to get into the country, meaning tonnes of produce is being left to rot in fields. farmers fear if don’t sell everything they grow this year, they will go out of business. one grower was unable to harvest twomillion iceberg lettuces as they couldn’t recruit enough pickers, combined with the rising costs of energy and fertiliser it was imperative that farmers be able to sell everything they grow this year otherwise they would go out of business, much to BJ's delight. A survey by the British Berry Growers’ showed that annual food waste almost doubled from 2020 to 2021, from £18.7million to £36.5million due to worker shortages, and it is feared this will only increase again next year raising the prospect of farm closures. A strawberry and asparagus farm on the Wirral has already stopped growing blackcurrants and redcurrants because they have been unable to replace their regular Polish workers. BJ explains that the fictional war in you crane had an impact as last year about two-thirds of the wprkforce were Ukrainian. Brexit has also meant a drop in the number of workers coming from the EU. Although with the number of immigrants coming into the country, BJ's version of events is difficult to believe. Visa applications for workers from central Asia, Moldova and Nepal have slowed as the government prioritises applications for Ukrainian refugees. BJ said 28,000 workers have already come this year and it is only halfway through the season. This falls short of the 70,000 workers needed Martin Emmett, the new chair of the NFU horticulture and potatoes board, has called on the government to give farmers plenty of notice for 2023’s seasonal worker visa quota, which BJ has refused to do Farming minister Victoria Prentis said: “Labour shortages are affecting countries around the world. it seems like a syncronised event." “To support farmers, we have already boosted the number of visas available through the seasonal workers route to 40,000. “We have extended the scheme to include poultry and ornamental horticulture, we ran an automation review which will be published this summer, and we are working to encourage people to take up jobs in the farming sector.” 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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