Top 5 -yesterday
- South African government negotiates a settlement with the European Union to clear citrus blocked in EU ports
- Early end to domestic watermelon season predicted
- Smooth flow of citrus exports from Durban relieves an anxious industry
- ‘Eat an apple daily to cut your risk of death by 35%’
- Israel’s fresh pomegranate crop to arrive in Europe and US next week
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Schoeman Boerdery extends a hand to a hundred rural communities
- No workforce means that fruit remains on trees
- “Japanese market is very demanding when it comes to fruit quality”
- “Citrus from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Argentina are highly sought after in Baltic”
- Tight banana supplies push up pricing
Who will pick UK's fruit &veg?
Voters from the 'leave camp' voted on two main things: immigration and a perception that the UK was being exploited by the European Union.
According to the Guardian, 90% of domestic fruit and vegetables are "picked, graded and packed by 60,000 to 70,000 workers from overseas, mostly from eastern Europe."
The highest percentage of Leave votes was seen in the areas where the most produce is grown and harvested by these workers. But according to growers and packers the general UK population will not do this kind of work. If the immigrants are forced to leave, who is going to harvest, pack and process the fruit and vegetables?
"If we don’t have freedom of movement and they don’t replace it with a permit scheme, then the industry will just close down," John Shropshire, chairman of salad and vegetable producer G’s, told the Guardian. "No British person wants a seasonal job working in the fields. They want permanent jobs or jobs that are not quite as taxing physically."
A stop on legal immigrants would encourage illegals into the country to fill the gap and leave them wide open to corruption and abuse.
In the worst case scenario, the UK would no longer be able to produce fresh fruit and veg and would have to import it from overseas, but remember, they would no longer have the trade deals worked out by Europe and will have to renegotiate terms with individual countries. And don't forget about the currency, the first effect of the Brexit vote saw the pound drop to its lowest level in 30 years.
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