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Cheaper to fly in soft fruit from South America rather than harvest it in Aberdeenshire

MPs have been assured that Christmas goods will be delivered to Scots consumers this winter, despite labour shortages in the haulage industry and the food industry. MPs on the Scottish Commons Affairs committee were told that the flow of goods in the run up to Christmas would be maintained.

However, industry figures told MPs that the effects of labour shortages were so profound and long-lasting after Covid and Brexit, that -incredibly- it was cheaper to fly in soft fruit from South America rather than harvest it in Aberdeenshire.

Industry representatives told MPs that the squeeze on labor caused by the Covid lockdown and new Brexit immigration rules would last beyond the winter season. David Michie, of National Farmers Union of Scotland, said there had already been “big problems” with processing food crops and getting them to market because of a lack of transport and workers.


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