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THE NFU's seasonal labour survey points to serious limitations for growers if the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) ends after 2013, as Government considers whether a replacement scheme will be put in place.
The Government originally scrapped the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme as part of its efforts to restrict immigration from outside the EU, following Gordon Brown's promise of "British jobs for British workers".
Fears are mounting that the new system, coupled with the phasing out of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers scheme in 2010 that accompanies it, will damage industry competitiveness.
The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) arrangement is due to finish this year, although it may well be extended by two years.
Mr Luff said in the letter: "I urge you once again to re-open the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme to the Ukraine and Russia - but in the sure and certain knowledge that this is not liberalisation of immigration rules but rather a return to an old status quo that worked so well, and which you have carelessly and thoughtlessly destroyed.
A lack of workers from within the EU applying to work on horticultural farms, combined with the government's decision to restrict the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme to Romanians and Bulgarians, has left many growers straggling to source temporary labour, they claimed.
This is the seasonal agricultural workers scheme at work, an organisation which has helped British farmers get their crops in for many years.
Farmers and growers needed 48% more workers from EU countries and 3% more through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, the findings showed--20% more overall.