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Millions of apples 'left to rot due to lack of pickers'

Allen Cook

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Millions of apples have been left to rot in this year's harvest due to a shortage in seasonal workers, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has said.

It is carried out a survey of horticultural businesses and found that just over 4,000 roles were unfilled in the last year, or 10% of the total.

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The NFU says it's been told by firms they'll move investment overseas unless the government immediately increases its seasonal worker pilot programme.

The union adds 1,147 tonnes or 16 million apples were left unpicked this harvest.

In terms of UK fruit production, Herefordshire has more traditional orchards than any other county in the country, according to the county's wildlife trust and is one of the major centres for cider production.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been approached for a response.