MPs to hear evidence from horticulture figures on future labour provision

Horticulture industry policy adviser David Brown will be giving oral evidence to the Efra Select Committee about future labour provision for the agriculture/horticulture industry on Wednesday 8 February.

Brown who is policy adviser to the HTA, will be sharing the panel with the British Meat Processors Association and the National Pig Association.  Also giving evidence are John Hardman, director, Hops Labour Solutions,
David Camp, chief executive, Association of Labour Providers and Chris Rose, commercial controller, The Asplins Producer Organisation.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launched an inquiry into the challenges to the food supply chain from shortages of workers.
It said: "UK food production depends on securing an adequate supply of labour to get the harvest in and to process the produce. But farm and factory businesses have reported, both prior to and since the EU referendum, that they find it hard to hire enough workers. Each year farms rely on tens of thousands of temporary workers, with some 80,000 of these workers currently coming from outside the UK."
Efra asked:
  • What are the economic impacts on farm and food supply chain businesses and on consumers from problems in securing adequate labour supplies?
  • What is the impact likely to be of changes to freedom of movement rules post-Brexit on the flow of EU and non-EU labour to UK farms and factories?
  • What should the Government do to ensure a sufficient labour supply to meet the needs of farmers and food production businesses:
  • What sort of immigration rules need to be in place to allow farm and food businesses to employ EU and non-EU nationals in skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled jobs?
  • What contribution could seasonal workers schemes provide to addressing labour shortages?
  • What should the Government and the food and farming sectors be doing to attract and retain UK workers for all parts of the food supply chain?

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