Environment Secretary Michael Gove said subsidies would have to be earned rather than handed out under his vision for a “green Brexit”. Plaid’s farming spokesman Ben Lake said it was an “economically toxic” threat to the livelihoods of food producers.
The government is “sleepwalking” into a post-Brexit future of insecure, unsafe and increasingly expensive food supplies, and has little idea how it will replace decades of EU regulation on the issue, a report by influential academics has said.
William Houstoun, chief executive of the fruit producing body Angus Growers this week said soft fruit growers were ‘just scraping by’ this season […]. But he said next year could be a different story as the pound continues to slump and workers are put off coming to Scotland by negative press in their own countries.
UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don’t know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops. One in five growers says they already have fewer pickers than they need.
At the Scottish Land and Estates’ annual conference in Edinburgh, the landowner organisation’s chairman David Johnstone said that rural businesses would have to demonstrate “unprecedented creativity” to adapt if they are to survive and thrive in the turmoil ahead.
Failure to adequately replace financial support for farms currently afforded by Britain’s membership of the European Union could result in the loss of about 250,000 jobs in the wider economy, according to a new academic analysis.
The sector, already squeezed by shortages, will worsen, and will need to recruit up to 140,000 new workers by 2024, according to the new briefing paper co-produced by Manchester Metropolitan University for the Food Research Collaboration