Daffodil farmer says European workers 'saved' his business

Daffodil farmer says eastern European workers saved his business

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A British daffodil farmer has said that being able to recruit workers from eastern Europe “saved” his business.

This comes as the National Farmers Union said Daffodil growers are struggling to harvest their fields because Brexit is putting off workers.

Farmer James Hoskin told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “We rely on eastern European workers to pick the majority of flower crops but the number of people who are available to work is getting less.

“People are not feeling particularly welcome with everything that is going on around Brexit and another factor is the devaluation of the pound because then they perceive that they are being paid less.”

He added that his family farm had previously struggled to get British workers to pick the flowers.

“Eastern European workers saved us, we were going to have no business,” Mr Hoskin said.

“The success of the Cornish horticulture has been based on being able to get labour.”

The daffodil season is said to provide around £45 million a year to the UK economy.

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