2021 TRADE WEBINAR: The British Apple & Pear Season - Shared screen with speaker view - Recording 2/2
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What is the likelihood of seasonal worker shortages for British apple and pear growers this coming season?
Million dollar question. Early season staff and returnees appear to be coming through ok even with the increased admin due to covid. The NLW means the UK is still very attractive to workers from abroad so I expect there is a willingness to get here.....if they can.
Is it possible to measure the impact of marketing activity with Raymond Blanc on British apple and pear sales?
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On the labour issue, From our soft fruit, and other businesses, we are starting to see labour tighten up, agencies are reporting the same. UK workers are now in demand and are not necessarily coming back to their previous industries as they reassess their life priorities post covid. The Home Office are not anywhere close to keeping up with issuing any of the new visa’s, leaving only returnees with settled status or residency, who are in demand across Europe. Hopefully the Home office can get on top of it in time for UK Apple harvest!
What are the key requirements to increase UK pear production?
What does the panel/BAPL think about prospects for British apple and pear exports to India following the latest trade deal announcement?
What is the export potential for the famous English Bramley Apple
What do the panel think can be done by the industry to ensure sales and sustainable returns for 75-85mm apples? These are inevitable from newly planted orchards and some modern varieties.
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