When the food sector demands action on the crisis, farmers will fight back

He called for urgent action to address the shortage of manpower that emptied the shelves of the food and agriculture industry and created backlogs on farms.

A new cross-sectional report urges ministers to introduce a 12-month “CV-19 Recovery Visa” to fill an estimated 500,000 vacancies between the food and beverage businesses.

Migrant workers returning to Eastern Europe due to VV-19 are responsible for the lack of brake migration due to the shortage of HVV drivers and food processors.

In recent days, restaurants such as Nando and KFC have been forced to close due to chicken shortages, a threat to Christmas Turkish supplies, and prisoners and school graduates are being asked to fill vacancies in meat factories.

But when consumers feel the effects, the supply chain has a huge impact on both livestock and farmers at the beginning of the supply chain.

Pig stocks in the region’s farms continue to deteriorate, and in the middle of the harvest, farmers are worried about what will happen to their crops if there are no drivers.

Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “At the beginning of the supply chain, agricultural businesses are feeling the pressure. For example, fruit and vegetable farms are struggling to find manpower to select and pack the country’s fruits and vegetables, with some labor providers finding 34pc shortages.

Agricultural businesses have done their best to hire domestic workers, but even the growing competitive wages have had little impact because labor is limited – only increasing production costs.

Mr Bradshaw said the NFU was receiving a number of reports that crops had been delayed due to a shortage of truck drivers.

The biggest concern is that if the crop in the field loses its quality or is reduced to malt quality, we will have to sell it at a lower price.

“Certainly there are delays, but the saving grace is not cool because the harvest is slow. If so, the results could be devastating.

Rob Mutimer, chairman of the National Pig Association, says thousands of animals are growing on Norfolk and Suffolk farms, and meat processing is declining due to lack of factory labor.

“We really need a 12-month Covi Rehabilitation Plan to start our labor market and get things back on track,” he said. “Without him, I don’t know how to spend the winter.

“The government wants us to train the British, but that will not happen overnight. It takes 12-24 months to get training for this new post-British world.


Rob Mutmer of Swannington Farm to Fork is chairman of the National Pig Association
– Credit Denise Bradley

According to Mr. Mutmer, Covid was the “basic reason” for migrant workers and truck drivers now to take on holidays or travel abroad to visit families, which they could not do when it was locked up.

The report calls for the expansion of the current staffing program for gardeners and an urgent assessment of the impact of free movement on the food and agriculture sectors.

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