Prince Charles urges jobless Brits to become fruit pickers

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

The Pick for Britain campaign, backed by the government, urges unemployed and furloughed workers to help ensure "the United Kingdom can continue to deliver the best quality British fruit & veg for everyone to enjoy".

'Over the final couple of months, we now have been working with business on a plan to help and assist folks taking second jobs, significantly those that are furloughed.

Prince Charles reportedly put out an important message for British citizens, urging them to help farmers harvest crops during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We believe that those furloughed who may want to lend a hand or play their part, or supplement their income with an additional job, if they do feel that way I would urge them to visit that website [Pick for Britain] and look at the opportunities there", he said.

Food and drink industry experts have raised concerns over the lack of oversees workers and said up to 60,000 people arrive for the summer harvest each year.

The heir to Britain's throne offered his support to a government's initiative to bring United Kingdom workers and farmers together to ensure crops are not left to rot in the fields.

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Peak periods for harvesting produce run from June to the autumn and it is hoped that people from students to laid-off hospitality workers will take the opportunity. "It all begins with our remarkable farmers and growers".

In the video, which was recorded within the vegetable backyard of Charles's Scottish dwelling and shall be posted on the Clarence House social media channels later, the inheritor to the throne says: 'Harvesting runs till the early autumn and individuals are wanted who're genuinely going to commit. If the past few weeks have proven anything, it is that food is precious and valued and can not be taken for granted.

The need for voluntary harvesters was compared by Prince Charles to the "Pick for Britain" campaign during the Second World War, where women and girls were tasked to do agricultural work while men were conscripted to fight.

In the video, Charles said: "In the coming months, my thousands of people will be needed to bring in the crops".

'The phrase I've typically heard is "pickers who're stickers".

The scheme introduced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, aims to get British workers - including those on furlough - to help the farming industry during these times of national crisis.

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