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National Farmers Union calls for post-Brexit rules on seasonal workers to be eased to plug gaps.
Farming union chief says situation ‘nothing short of a travesty’, as crops also hit by drought and record heat.
The government’s food strategy lacks detail or any plans for implementation, and it is contradicted by its other policies.
Rural voters say they’re being neglected by the government – and farmers are disgruntled too, warning that rising costs could lead to food shortages… and that post-Brexit trade deals will see them losing out to cheap imports.
With a lack of foreign labour in Britain’s fields, crops are rotting and thousands of healthy pigs are being culled unnecessarily.
British food prices are set to surge 15% this summer and will remain high for at least a year, in a further blow to hard-pressed consumers already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, according to a report released on Thursday.
Treasury silent on damage being caused by Brexit to Britain’s economy and Bank of England accused of being reluctant to talk about it.
Kent farming giant reports 8% fall in harvest due to lack of seasonal pickers – saying it’s easier to import fruit.
It comes as Brexit means fall in crops and fewer British products in supermarkets. / Leaving the EU has led to a decline in crops and fewer home-grown products on the shelves of Britain’s supermarkets, farming chiefs have warned, reports The Independent.
A recent government report warned that labour shortages "caused by Brexit and accentuated by the pandemic" were badly affecting our food and farming sector, with fruit suppliers often forced to leave produce rotting in the fields.
Before Brexit most of Britain's seasonal crop pickers came over from eastern Europe.
Several hundred tonnes of beetroot have been left to rot on Will Woodhall's farm in central England due to Brexit.
A farmer has told ITV News Central 500 tonnes of beetroot has been left to rot because his usual European customers are looking elsewhere.
Five hundred tonnes of beetroot is being left to rot due to a collapse in demand, caused by Brexit, a farmer says.
Labour shortages caused by Brexit and accentuated by the COVID pandemic have badly affected businesses across the food and farming sector and could cause ‘permanent’ damage, UK lawmakers stated in a report published on Wednesday (6 April).
Crops left unharvested, healthy pigs culled and increased costs which will ultimately have to be swallowed by the consumer. Not going well, is it?
Labour shortages and price rises triggered by Brexit and the pandemic could leave the British food and farming industry permanently damaged, MPs have warned.
A lack of food and farm workers “caused by Brexit and accentuated by the pandemic” meant at least 35,000 pigs were culled and tonnes of crops left to rot in the fields last year, a damning report has revealed.
The Covid pandemic has exacerbated the problems caused by Britain leaving the EU, the report found.
Produce has gone unpicked after EU migrant workers stayed away.
This “disaster should have and could have been avoided”, and that the situation pig farmers find themselves in “truly is an utter disgrace”.
An estimated 200,000 pigs are backed up on farms because of a lack of skilled butchers to process them, while 40,000 animals have already been culled and their meat thrown away, farmers said this morning.
Pig farmers are in a “desperate” position – with culls of thousands of healthy animals and producers quitting the industry, they warned as a summit was held on the crisis.
Talk at this week’s NFU conference will be alive with financial, labour and competition concerns.
Britain has been outside the EU’s legal regime for a year and has faced a number of impacts.