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Nobody reaps the harvest: hundreds of tons of vegetables end up in the trash

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Saturday, June 11, 2022, 5:15 pm

British farmers have had to throw out nearly 150 tons of lettuce since the start of the season due to a shortage of labour. Since Brexit has not led to the return of Eastern European workers who previously picked vegetables, and the work is unattractive to the British, business owners are trying to hire seasonal workers from Central Asia. The British government has said it is aware of the farm labor shortage and the seasonal workers program has been extended until 2024. They are also working to make the area more attractive to British workers.

Eastern European workers who picked lettuce from the farm have not returned to Kent’s biggest salad-making business after Brexit. Because of all this, the owners have to look for labor in Central Asia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, where they have not yet been able to make the work attractive to the British, he writes. autonews.

Nearly 30 percent of this year’s crop was wasted. There is an effort to get the British here, we’ve tried very hard, but they won’t come. We’ve been in touch with Maidstone Career Center for four years now, but not a single person has come here yet. Let’s leave it all because the hat is not worth a sigh of relief

said Nicholas Utley, director of the Kent County Corporation.

One of the UK’s largest vegetable growers is also facing a tough battle in South Sussex. Julian Marks, the farm’s president, said it was particularly difficult to find a job this year because people applied for the seasonal worker program late. The seasonal work programme, which gave visas to agricultural workers for a short period, gave British farmers the opportunity to invite 30,000 immigrants into the country and an additional 10,000 if needed. The government does not yet allow the hiring of additional workers. However, farmers say they need to act before it is too late.

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It takes at least three weeks for us to get someone’s papers to pick someone up and even come here. And the harvest waits for no one. It only grows and cannot be sold beyond one point in the country and is disposed of

Julian Marx explained.

Last year alone, an astonishing 600 tons were harvested on this one farm. It is almost as hard to find a job this year as it was last year. Farmers say if more seasonal workers are not allowed to remove, say, this broccoli, such land will cease to exist in the UK.

Euronews reporter Luke Hanrahan said.

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