Replacement to seasonal workers scheme needed to prevent threat of horticulture industry contraction, committee warns

The British horticulture sector may contract if growers fail to find a sufficient number of workers to replace those currently employed through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

That was the warning issued this week to the British Government by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The MAC said the Government may wish to consider proposals for a replacement to the SAWS. It added that evidence showed British growers should be able to recruit a sufficient number of seasonal workers in the first couple of years after SAWS ends this year.

The committee also warned that uncertainty over whether or not the current scheme will be replaced may also delay major investment decisions in the horticulture sector.

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