Emergency Flights to Save Crops!
Eastern European farm workers from Romania are being flown to the UK on charter flights to pick fruit and vegetable crops.
Government department Defra said it was encouraging people across the UK "to help bring the harvest in".
Shortage of Seasonal Staff
British farmers recently warned that crops could be left to rot in the field because of a shortage of seasonal workers from Eastern Europe. Travel restrictions due to the coronavirus lockdown means these workers have stayed at home.
Several UK growers have launched a recruitment drive, calling for local workers to join the harvest to prevent millions of tonnes of fruit and vegetables going to waste. One of the UK's biggest fresh food producers, Cambridge based G's Fresh, has chartered two flights this week, carrying Eastern European farm workers from Romania.