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Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the tonnage of UK fruit and vegetables that were not harvested and left in the fields as a result of a shortage of seasonal workers.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra produces annual estimates of horticultural crop production. These estimates include tonnage, value and imports/exports which allow the Government to monitor productivity and competitiveness within the industry including supply and self-sufficiency. No estimates are made for the tonnage of crops left unharvested for any reason. As a result, no data is available to answer this question.

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