FreshPlaza reports in its latest fresh produce news update on the Coronavirus pandemic that farm workers from Eastern Europe are being flown to the UK on charter flights to pick fruit and vegetable crops and German farms expect to have enough foreign workers, although the asparagus industry is not out of the woods yet.
Belgium’s potato industry is asking its government for financial aid, whereas France calls for urgent EU help. “This is the first time ever that the potato sector is asking for support to the government,” admits Romain Cools, secretary general of Belgapom.
In the US, president Trump will unveil $15.5 billion first phase of coronavirus farm aid amid reports that the combined North American potato acreage is expected to plummet. APM Terminals in North America is making storage space available for ocean carriers facing logistics logjams. “I would say across North America … the processors are going to ask us to seed between 70 and 75 percent (of normal),” said Terence Hochstein, executive director of Potato Growers of Alberta. “Some (regions) are more and some are less.”
On a lighter note, produce suppliers at Sydney Markets are making sure the emergency staff at St Vincent’s Hospital get their apple a day during the coronavirus crisis. Also, Transport Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has directed Sri Lanka Railways.