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Romanian fruit pickers flown in to UK for lockdown harvest

Christian Fernsby |
Earlier on Thursday, 150 Romanian field labourers arrived in Essex to pick crops on British farms.

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Topics: ROMANIA    FRUIT    UK   

The plane, chartered by the farming group G's Fresh, landed at Stansted Airport from where the workers were transported to various farms.

Farmers have voiced fears that without the workforce, crops may be left in the ground to rot and be wasted as the nation moves to feed itself during the coronavirus pandemic.

They also argue that harvesting crops is skilled work and many Eastern European workers return to the same farms each year.

Stephanie Hildon, who runs Langmead Herbs in Chichester on almost 3,000 hectares of land, told Sky News her Romanian workforce is loyal and committed.

"If I was going to be recruiting from the UK and taking on people that are unfortunately out of work that would require a huge amount of retraining to get these people up to speed," she said.

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