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UK fruit farmers turn to Nepal and Tajikistan for labor

Every spring thousands of seasonal workers come to harvest the UK's soft fruits. Before Brexit many came from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, but this year they're coming from much further afield. Now as well as Nepalese, UK growers are employing Indonesian, Mongol, Tajik, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz workers.

Getting enough workers for the summer season is always a challenge, but this year, with the soft fruit season just about to hit its peak, many growers say they're more worried than they've ever been that there won't be enough pickers.

Jenny Tasker from Harwill Farm near Retford which supplies Waitrose, Tesco and Marks and Spencer, has always had a mix of nationalities. But this year their workers come from nine different countries, including 35 from Nepal for the first time, 45 Tajikistan, and even three from Indonesia.


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