UK farmers warn of Brexit-triggered labour crisis

The NFU has renewed it calls for a post-Brexit visa scheme allowing overseas agricultural workers into the UK after a survey highlighted a shortfall in farm labour.

Almost half the companies providing agricultural labour said they were unable to fulfil the UK horticultural sector’s demand for workers between July and September 2016.

This was 30% up on the second quarter of 2016 and marked a “sharp deterioration” from the start of the year when no labour provider reported problems finding workers, said the Financial Times.

The NFU will publish the survey results later this week. It said the supply of pickers for late-season crops was only enough to meet 67% of the industry’s needs.

Source: Financial Times (£)

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