With the continuing crisis in the farming sector of British farmers losing their crops due to the COVID 19 lockdown, Romania has lifted it’s restrictions so that workers can be flown in to help keep Britain’s supply of fresh fruit and vegetables alive.
The farming industry relies on as many as 90,000 workers to harvest fruit and vegetables, without these workers their crops will not make it to our supermarket shelves.
There has been a UK wide appeal for a ‘Land Army’ of farmworkers to harvest our homegrown crops amid the coronavirus lockdown, with a spokesperson for The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stating it was “encouraging as many people as possible to take part in seasonal working opportunities” however, the demand has not been so far sufficiently met by the UK, and some farmers are resorting to alternative options to save their harvests.
One farmer has taken the step to fly in 150 experienced farmworkers from Romania who will not only help save his crops, but also pass on their skills and train up his novice ‘Land Army’ recruits.
He chartered them a private flight flying into London Stansted Airport.