The UK government will issue temporary work visas to 800 foreign butchers as farmers say a shortage of labor in the British meat processing industry has forced them to kill thousands of healthy pigs.
Pig farmers have warned against killing 150,000 pigs because of the lack of butcher shopkeepers whose numbers accumulated before the slaughter and farmers could not find a place for them. Breeders say more than 6,000 healthy pigs have had to be slaughtered so far.
The government has promised to help further
The British Ministry of Transport has announced that butchers will be allowed temporary visas to come to the UK for six months for work. However, British officials insisted that the issuance of a work visa was not a long-term solution and that companies should invest in higher pay and better technologies.
The government has also said it will fund the construction of meat warehouses and take further steps to support the industry.
We need to find workers as soon as possible
Environment Minister George Eustis says the government’s response to work visas is the answer “A series of personal pressures”, In the case of pressure generated by the corona virus infection and in the case of some British pork suppliers, approval for export to China has been suspended.
However, Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the British National Farmers Association, said the visa move “One step in the right direction”. He added that it was necessary to bring foreign butchers to the UK as soon as possible.
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