The NFU has warned that the supply of agricultural workers on UK farms is now 'in jeopardy' for the next two growing seasons. They have produced a report on the subject: Access to a Competent and Flexible Workforce
The options they suggest are:
- Reintroduction of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme
- An Australian style points based immigration scheme
- A UK points system to attract non-UK nationals
- Retaining an element of free movement
I would prefer a new SAWS scheme as there is already experience in operating such a scheme which has worked smoothly in the past.