A Call to Feed the Nation – Recruitment Drive for Farm Pickers in light of COVID-19 Pandemic09-Apr-2020
Fruit and veg growers across the UK are calling for workers to help them to help ‘feed the nation'.
BBC reported recently that UK growers have launched a recruitment drive, calling for a modern-day "land army" to prevent millions of tonnes of fruit and veg going to waste. They describe their current situation as ‘desperate’.
According to the British Growers' Association they estimate that they need 70,000 additional temporary workers to help manage demand.
Nick Marston of British Summer Fruits has said The Government has “..classified food supply chain workers as 'key workers' and this is helping to protect our supply chain getting fresh fruit and vegetables from the field on the farm to the shops.”
National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said temporary workers would "contribute to the health of the nation".
The BBC report reassures that all key workers old and new will still be expected to adhere to social distancing rules whilst they are in the fields.