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Pick for Britain helps search for farm workers

A website has been set up to link potential farms workers with seasonal farm jobs in a bid to ease pressure on UK food production.

Restrictions on borders introduced during the coronavirus crisis have led to concerns over the ability to recruit enough workers to harvest fruit and vegetables during the summer.

Around 200 Romanian workers are due to fly to London this week on the first of a series of charter flights in a bid to fill a shortage of what the Country Land and Business Association could be as high as 80,000 workers.

But the Pick for Britain website has been created by the Government to put people looking for work in the UK in touch with agricultural vacancies with farms and business able to advertise what positions they have available.

Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers' Union, said: "As the peak summer harvest approaches, we have been working closely with Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) to ensure a solution is in place for businesses to recruit domestic workers this summer.

"The dedicated Pick for Britain website has been created by the Government that provides opportunities for people who want to work on farms this summer and we are expecting further news this week on a drive to recruit people who want to help British farms.

"Farmers are incredibly proud to be producing food for the nation at this crucial time but there are challenges and the support of the British public is incredibly valued."

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