Video Workers at Kemp Herbs. Byline: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 The future availability of migrant labour is an urgent concern for East Anglian businesses – particularly food growers, who have urged ministers to remove obstacles to recruiting the seasonal European workers they rely on to pick their crops. Andy Allen with his asparagus Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018 East Anglian food growers are putting investment plans on hold as a shortage of seasonal migrant workers threatens to leave their crops rotting in the fields. Workers from Eastern Europe – vital to the viability of many farm and horticultural businesses – are choosing to work elsewhere on the continent as the uncertain implications of Brexit and the weak pound make countries like Germany or Spain more appealing, according to industry leaders. Concordia, which recruits about 10,000 foreign workers for 200 UK farms, said it could be 10pc short this year. Chief executive Stephanie Maurel urged the government to give the go-ahead to recruit workers from non-EU countries like Ukraine to meet the worrying shortfall. And that plea was echoed at farms which the company works with in East Anglia. Malcolm Kemp, Kemp Herbs. Byline: Sonya Duncan… Read full this story
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