Reintroduce national service to get the crops in | Letters

Students should replace migrant farm workers post-Brexit, writes Aileen Hammond. Plus Jonathan Stevenson on the dietary dangers of a post-Brexit trade deal with Trump

The recent difficulties of British farmers – migrant workers no longer wish to work in low-paid temporary jobs far from home, because a drop in the value of pound removes the only advantage – are not going to disappear (Food left to rot as 4,300 farm jobs went unfilled, 10 February).

But there is an answer to this supply problem: national service. All students in tertiary education could be required to register for work in seasonal agriculture. Universities should organise their term times and vacations in accordance with the needs of the nearest agricultural areas. This was the origin of the “long vacation”, when students went home to help with the harvest.

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