London: In order to ease the labor shortage during busy periods, the British government has rolled out visas plans for the non-European Union migrant farm workers. With the new plans, the fruit and vegetable farmers can recruit the non-EU migrant farm workers on temporary visas after Brexit.
The plan of the British government is to run the pilot scheme from the spring season of 2019 till the end of December 2020. This period is also the planned transition period following the exit of Britain from EU in March 2019. Apart from this, under this scheme, 2,500 workers from outside the EU will be allowed to come to Britain post-Brexit for up to six months.
Notably, the agriculture sector of Britain is much dependent on EU workers and farmers. There has been a warning issued about the shortage of labor since Britain voted to quit to EU in 2016. This will further worsen the situation after the Brexit when the freedom of movement rules end and leave the fruit rotting in the fields.
Michael Gove, Environment Secretary informed in a statement that the strong arguments of farmers have been listened by the government regarding the need for seasonal labor so as to maintain the productivity and profitability of the horticulture industry.
He further said that with this two-year pilot project the workforce pressure for the farmers during the busy times of the year will be eased out. The review of the results of the pilot project will be done afterward and further, it will be seen that how best support can be provided for the longer-term needs of the industry outside the EU after Brexit.
Office of National Statistics released a report which said that with the sales of 70 billion pounds in 2017 the food production is the largest manufacturing sector of Britain.