According to leaked government plans, a new generation of farming robots will allegedly be deployed to replace immigrant fruit and vegetable pickers. This is because British farmers can no longer rely on low-wage seasonal migrant workers to harvest their crops, meaning different methods of harvesting must be found, ministers will say in a plan to make Britain more self-sufficient. Farming leaders have warned of shortages of cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, aubergines, and peppers.
Officials will soon announce an overhaul of food networks, including a drive for ‘automation in horticulture’ that will mean much greater use of robots. The plans are revealed in an unpublished Food Strategy White Paper, leaked to the Mail on Sunday. The paper has been circulated among Cabinet Ministers ahead of publication, expected this week.