Farming Industry Desperately Needs Workers To Keep Up With Demand Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The farming industry is in desperate need of workers to keep up with the high demand for food as the coronavirus pandemic has created a crisis. 

Britons are now being encouraged to apply for paid positions on local farms across the UK as many are reporting a shortage of seasonable labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables.

Labour provider Hops Labour Solutions, along with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and Fruitful and Concordia, are currently advertising online for workers.

Sarah Boporan, Hops operation director, has stated: “We urgently need a UK labour force which can help harvest crops to feed the nation.”

In an interview with Farmers Weekly, she added: “At a time when international travel is restricted and people are panic buying due to the coronavirus, it is crucial that growers can provide enough British produce to our supermarkets and local shops.”

Applicants now complete the form over the website or contact Hops Labour Solutions for further information.

This news has come at a time when many have lost their jobs as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis.

There is a shortage of seasonable labour to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables. 

However, major supermarkets have also stepped up to offer employment to people looking for work. Aldi and Asda have announced plans to hire 9,000 and 5,000 workers to deal with the extra demand. Whilst Co-op bosses announced on Thursday that they are looking at hiring 5,000 extra employees.

Chief executive of Asda, Roger Burnley, has said that the supermarket will ‘play its part’ to help those affected by COVID-19.

He commented: “Never in my 30 years in retail have I ever felt so keenly the role played by supermarkets in our communities… during these difficult times, everyone has to work together.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson attended the daily coronavirus press conference and stated that there was ‘no reason’ for shops to become empty and has slammed retailers for raising prices in order to exploit the coronavirus.

Do you have a story for us? If so, email us at [email protected]. All contact will be treated in confidence.