16 February 1998
NFU launches horticulture recruitment initiative

THE National Farmers Union (NFU) will launch a recruitment drive at horticulture trade exhibition HortEx, which begins tomorrow in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

It will target careers advisers and teachers in a bid to encourage young people to consider a career in the £2 billion industry, which the union says is suffering a serious skills shortage.

The problem extends from graduate-level recruitment to finding seasonal workers to harvest crops. The NFU believes horticulture has an image problem.

  • Financial Times 16/02/98 page 8