Agriculture: Seasonal Workers:Written question - HL205

Asked on: 17 October 2019
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture: Seasonal Workers
Lords
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.
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Answered on: 31 October 2019

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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