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A Brexit-induced labour shortage is driving the UK’s apple industry towards a ‘cliff edge’





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LONDON – The UK’s apple-growing trade body warned that the industry faces a “cliff edge” as Brexit nears, and is experiencing a 20% reduction in the supply of seasonal labour.

English Apples and Pears, the trade body, said labour availability was the main risk to the industry, which produces the more than 20 varieties of apple grown in the UK.

“All British apples and picked by hand, which means that the harvest from orchards is highly labour-intensive,” Steven Munday, chief executive of English Apples and Pears, told The Guardian. “We’re working hard with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and other bodies read more >>>

Source:: BusinessInsider.Com

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