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NFU Scotland Holding Virtual Meeting on Agricultural Labour Shortage

NFU Scotland is hosting an online meeting to discuss what they are calling is ‘a labour crisis’ in agriculture.

They’re holding the meeting on Thursday September 30 at 7pm and people who are interested can sign up through Eventbrite.

A spokes person for NFU Scotland said: “Staff shortages of both long term and seasonal labour are having a detrimental impact on all sectors but particular agriculture, food and drink, logistics and tourism and hospitality.”

The Scottish Affairs Committee also released a report last year criticising the government’s barriers on foreign workers across key industries in Scotland.

The Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee, and MP for Perth and north Perthshire, Pete Wishart MP said: “Coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on Scotland’s economy and health. Thousands in Scotland have had their lives significantly impacted by the pandemic and it has taken a huge toll on a number of key sectors in Scotland.

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who have worked at the coal face throughout the pandemic. Without them the damage would be immeasurably worse.”

However, the government says it has already taken steps to mitigate the issue by offering more temporary opportunities for sectors such as fruit and veg picking.

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Seasonal workers are essential to bring in the harvest every year, which is why we are continuing to work hard to ensure our farmers and growers have the support and workforce they need.

“Whilst the UK prepares to leave the EU, Defra is working closely with the Home Office to ensure that there is a long-term strategy for the food and farming workforce as part of future immigration policy.”

More information on the event can be found on: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/labour-crisis-where-do-we-go-from-here-tickets-174094831327

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