A nationwide pilot to bring overseas workers to UK farms has been announced by the Environment Secretary and Home Secretary.
The pilot aims to enable fruit and vegetable farmers to employ migrant workers from outside the EU for up to 6 months. Helping to ease labour shortages during peak production times.
The pilot will commence in the spring of 2019 and will run until the end of December 2020.
“We have listened to the powerful arguments from farmers about the need for seasonal labour to keep the horticulture industry productive and profitable. From lettuce in East Anglia to strawberries in Scotland, we want to make sure that farmers can continue to grow, sell and export more great British food. This two year pilot will ease the workforce pressures faced by farmers during busy times of the year. We will review the pilot’s results as we look at how best to support the longer-term needs of industry outside the EU.”