Shortage of EU workers because of Brexit

Jersey Royal potato crop could be in peril

On the Channel Islands, the outdoor growing season traditionally gets under way this month. However, the shortage of Polish workers in particular has led to fewer seed potatoes being planted. This year’s harvest of one of England’s best loved crops –the Jersey Royal new potato– could be hit by a shortage of migrant workers because of Brexit.

Around 1,000 foreign workers are needed to plant and harvest the potatoes and other crops on Jersey but farmers have reported that they are struggling to recruit staff. Since the turn of the century, many of the 1,000 positions had been filled by Polish workers.

According to The Guardian, some farmers have begun to explore hiring staff from outside the EU, including Kenya. The farmers’ union has been working with a recruitment agency to bring in staff from Romania, with the first due to arrive next week.

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