22 June 1998
Scottish fruit farmers ask for foreign help

SCOTTISH fruit farmers are asking the Government to allow thousands of eastern European students into the country to pick the strawberry crop because Scottish youngsters no longer want to go berry picking in their holidays.

Ewan Pate, the Scottish National Farmers Unions fruit convenor, said that an extra 1,000-plus pickers from abroad were needed. He said the union had made its views known to the Home Office.

Students are brought to Britain to work during the summer months through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS). Currently, 10,000 licences are issued a year.

  • The Scotsman 22/06/98 page 6