Coronavirus: Laid-off staff could find jobs in farming

HOSPITALITY workers who have lost their jobs might be able to find temporary work in the agriculture sector, according to Scotland’s farming union.

A statement from NFU Scotland, the national farmers’ union, said that the agriculture industry is looking for hospitality staff to help with planting and harvesting as Scotland’s farms work flat-out to help keep shelves stocked with food.

The union’s president, Andrew McCornick, said: “Huge problems around labour are looming large, particularly for our soft fruit and veg growers with novel ways of seeking staff for farms being considered.  Those who have lost their jobs or are on unpaid leave in the hospitality sector are being sought to allow planting and harvesting to be undertaken.

“In times of crisis, Scottish farmers and crofters have always proved themselves to be innovative, adaptable and resilient.  This time is no different.”

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