Government rejects seasonal farmworkers scheme

The government has rejected calls for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme that would make it easier for people from overseas to fill temporary job vacancies on UK farms.

The UK horticulture sector currently employs 85,000 seasonal workers – and the industry expects that requirement to rise to 95,000 people shortly after Brexit.

But immigration minister Robert Goodwill said reports of a UK farm labour shortage following the UK decision to leave the EU were not supported by statistics.

As a result, the government would not introduce a seasonal workers scheme this year, he told the House of Commons environment, food and rural affairs committee.

(Source: Farmers Weekly)

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