Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Guardian: British strawberries could be wiped out by Brexit, farming leaders warn

The Guardian: British strawberries could be wiped out by Brexit, farming leaders warn


An estimated 30,000 EU workers come to Britain every year for the harvest season, and this migration is typical of the sector across the world.

“All first-world economies employ foreigners to pick, pack and plant fruit. This is not unique. Canada, Australia even Spain employs migrants because their own citizens don’t want to do the work,” said Olins.

“There is an absolute requirement that the government has some sort of solution in place for seasonal work. It’s not just horticulture, it’s the care sector, hospitality sector and so many other places that are dependent on migrant workers,” said Rob Orme, chief executive of Concordia, a charity that recruits EU migrants for farm work.

“We cannot produce affordable food without a workforce that’s happy to handpick in the field or orchard,” he said.

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