A new blackberry breeding programme at the James Hutton Institute has enjoyed a hugely encouraging first year, according to fruit breeder Nikki Jennings.
Worker shortages are forcing farmers to consider shutting down their fruit and vegetable operations, MPs have been told.
Sir, – In response to the comments made by David Taylor, Fred Bruce and the Courier Editorial “Local Workers Can Solve Berry Crisis” (July 27), that soft fruit farmers have abandoned local labour in favour of foreign workers, and should be making a greater effort to make the work appealing to local people to fill their demand for labour.
Sir, – There has been a lot of debate recently over why there doesn’t seem to be enough pickers for the strawberries.
Rotting crops due to labour shortages are a world away from the halycon days of berry picking in Tayside and Fife.
Sir, – Little is said about the actual numbers involved in the fruit picker shortage. The BBC reports there are 9,255 seasonal immigrant farmworkers in Scotland, around 1,500 less than required.