The Prince of Wales has urged thousands of workers who are currently furloughed to sign up for temporary jobs over the Summer period picking fruit and vegetables. In a video message broadcast on Tuesday, Prince Charles urged people to sign up in order to protect the UK’s food supply.
Prince Charles, in a video message, compares the ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign similar to the Land Army during the Second World War who helped to harvest crops as a way of continuing to feed the nation. The message was recorded from Charles and Camilla’s home in Birkhall and hears Charles say, “Harvesting runs until the early Autumn and people are needed who are genuinely going to commit. The phrase I have often heard is: pickers who are stickers.”
The video message from Prince Charles comes just as the UK Government launches a call-to-arms for tens of thousands of fruit and veg pickers to help farmers across the nation. The call comes amid a shortfall of pickers from across the European Union who are unable to help because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Government is urging the 7.5 million furloughed employees to sign up to the scheme as a way of topping up their 80% furlough wages. Students are also being urged to sign up as a way of earning a bit of cash and gaining some work experience.
In his video plea, Prince Charles continues, “At thistime of great uncertainty, many of our normal routines and regular patterns of life are being challenged. The food and farming sector is no exception. This is why that great movement of the Second World War – the Land Army – is being rediscovered in the newly created ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign. It will be hard graft but is hugely important if we are to avoid the growing crops going to waste.”
Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), George Eustice said, “We are once again calling on everyone to play their part by helping our farmers to feed the nation. Those who are willing and able to pitch in this year can help to feed the nation in these tough times and do an invaluable service to their country.”
If you want to sign up go to pickforbritain.org.uk