How will Brexit affect seasonal farm labour? Brexit
Farms have been reporting a slowdown in EU labour since the referendum with it becoming more difficult to find seasonal farm labour.
The strong reliance of agriculture on EU nationals for seasonal work leaves the sector exposed to significant risk as uncertainty about what will happen to EU workers living and working in the UK continues.
A National Farmers Union survey found that approximately 90 per cent of British fruit, vegetables and salad are picked and processed by overseas workers. Thousands of farm workers are from overseas too.
Concerns are so high that the government is looking at a pilot scheme to enable UK fruit and vegetable growers to recruit non-EU migrants between spring 2019 and December 2020 to address labour shortages post-Brexit during peak production times.