‘Seasonal’ labour is now required all year round, British Growers Association suggests

'Seasonal' labour is now required all year round, a survey suggests. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

'Seasonal' labour is now required all year round, a survey suggests. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL - Credit: Archant

‘Seasonal’ labour is now required all year round, new research suggests.

Vegetables ready for harvesting. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

Vegetables ready for harvesting. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL - Credit: Archant

The British Growers Association believes fresh produce could be left unharvested if a labour solution is not found.

It has released new research into seasonal labour demand in the fresh produce industry, and says ‘seasonal labour’ is a misnomer when it comes to describing the overall demand across the industry.

Chief executive Jack Ward said: “When you see the demand for labour across the fresh produce industry laid out like this, it makes you realise that there are many parts of the industry which need labour all year around. If there is not a readily available supply, then we are going to have real problems growing, harvesting and packing many crops.

“Increasingly there are parts of the industry where we face the very real threat that crops could be left in the field because there is no one to harvest or pack them.”


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