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Jersey potato farmers fly in workers from the Philippines

Workers from the Philippines have been recruited to work on farms in Jersey to plug the gap left in the wake of Brexit, according to a report by the Daily Mail

Growers had reportedly feared that Jersey Royal potatoes would be left to rot in the fields after farm workers, many of whom were Polish, abandoned the island after the EU referendum. Farmers say the void has finally been filled by Filipino workers who were ‘keeping the farming industry going’ on the Channel Island.

Peter Le Maistre, president of the Jersey Farmers Union, explained that the impact of Brexit had led to more farm workers being recruited from further afield. Mr Le Maistre said that a contact of the union in Jersey had heard of Filipino workers being employed through an agency in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Source: Daily Mail. Full report here
Photo: Jersey Evening Post. Filipino workers at work on Manor Farm, which specialises in growing Jersey Potatoes

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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