Gerard Wong, head of Tongmare Airfield Nursery, has relied on seasonal workers to harvest ripe crops in Eastern Europe for the past 33 years.
– There are more and more obstacles, more and more bureaucracy, it is very difficult to come and work now. Together, this is a huge challenge for businesses.
Agriculture in Britain today is severely affected by labor shortages. Yields are higher this year as 72 seasonal workers worked less than last year.
– It can’t be that way. We have a lot to do to avoid big losses, Gerrard says.
It is the largest farm on the south coast of Britain. Pepper is grown on 10 and a half hectares of greenhouse, which is currently harvested once every three days instead of 11 days.
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“Somewhere we were all looking forward to this.” However, no one could have guessed that such an extreme situation was developing. Mark Knight, technical manager at Tongmare Airfield Nursery, says the extreme human reactions have taken us by surprise.
If these businesses have no one to pick up their crops, they are right to fear that British supermarkets will fill their shelves with goods from European manufacturers.
In the fords of the bottle zucchini violin, 750,000 pieces, about one hundred and fifty tons of ripe vegetables lie on the ground, which are simply rotten because they cannot employ workers. Such economies need to make tough decisions soon. No one is available to pack items in this business. At the moment, it seems unlikely that European workers will return to the UK, so CEO Julian Marx is not so optimistic about this year:
– Restrictions on the free movement of workers have had a devastating effect not only on agriculture and horticulture. This is the situation in all sectors where foreigners have been working for many years.
The British government has announced a pilot program for seasonal workers this year, raising the quota to 30,000, but farmers hope more can be done to lure people back to British lands and prevent another catastrophe.
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