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News Prince Charles is asking students and furloughed workers to help British farmers harvest food during the pandemic

02:11  23 may  2020
02:11  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Now, during a time of widespread unemployment, the UK has rolled out an interesting campaign that it hopes will fill the gap in farm labor caused by the pandemic . It’s called “Pick for Britain,” and it aims to draw on students and furloughed workers to pick fruits and vegetables during the harvest season.

Prince Charles came forth appealing to all furloughed workers to become a helping a hand for farmers in the United Kingdom. The Prince of Wales, 71, in a video message posted on the Clarence House Twitter account, urged the workers to pick out fruits and vegetables during the pandemic .

Prince Charles wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a fence: Prince Charles urged students and furloughed workers to © The Royal Family Channel/ YouTube Prince Charles urged students and furloughed workers to "Pick for Britain" in a video posted on Twitter. The Royal Family Channel/ YouTube
  • In a video posted on Twitter, the UK's Prince Charles called on students and furloughed workers to help farmers by picking fruits and vegetables for harvest.
  • Since the pandemic has made it difficult for migrant workers to travel to Britain and harvest food, the "Pick for Britain" campaign hopes to recruit British citizens to work in the agricultural sector.
  • The campaign echoes the UK's World War II Land Army, in which women and girls took on agricultural duties while mostly men fought in the war.
  • "If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help," Prince Charles said in the video.
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Prince Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, has called on furloughed workers and students to help the UK's agricultural sector by picking fruits and vegetables for harvest.

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The UK's Prince Charles has called on students and furloughed workers to pick fruit and vegetables to plug shortages in the labor market caused by the coronavirus pandemic . Furloughed British workers are taking on seasonal farm work .

Prince Charles has called on students and furloughed workers to pick fruit and vegetables to plug shortages in the labor market caused by the COVID-19 In a video posted to Twitter, Charles , the heir to the British throne, asked people to take on the "unglamorous" task of picking fruit and vegetables

The UK government launched the "Pick for Britain" campaign as a way to fill gaps in the labor market that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

"At this time of great uncertainty, many of our normal routines and regular patterns of life are being challenged,"  Prince Charles said in the video posted on Twitter.

"If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help."

Britain typically relies on tens of thousands of migrant workers to harvest food, but travel restrictions put in place to halt the virus have kept seasonal workers from entering the country.

a young man is sitting in the grass: Seasonal worker Anna Maria from Romania tends to raspberries inside a Polytunnel ahead of the fruit picking season at a farm on March 31, 2020 in Rochester, Kent. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Seasonal worker Anna Maria from Romania tends to raspberries inside a Polytunnel ahead of the fruit picking season at a farm on March 31, 2020 in Rochester, Kent. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The campaign aims to refocus those who have lost their jobs in the pandemic — including waiters, chefs, and retail assistants — into varying roles within the agricultural sector.

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An “army of people” is what’s needed to help harvest crops during the COVID-19 pandemic , according to Prince Charles . In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales pleaded with students and furloughed workers to handle the “unglamorous” task of picking fruits and

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday during a Yahoo News virtual town hall said that the United States does not have a food shortage issue, but a leadership Prince Charles is asking students and furloughed workers to help British farmers harvest food during the pandemic .

In the video, Prince Charles compares the initiative to Britain's Land Army, a movement during World War II in which women were sent to work on farms throughout the country, while mostly men fought in battle.

"If the last few weeks have proved anything, it is that food is precious and valued," Prince Charles said.

a group of people on a farm: A team of Land Army girls rakes down and load for transportation home-grown flax to the factory, a whole 100 ton rick, on August 10, 1942. AP Photo © AP Photo A team of Land Army girls rakes down and load for transportation home-grown flax to the factory, a whole 100 ton rick, on August 10, 1942. AP Photo

Charles said thousands of people will be needed to harvest crops in the coming months. He referred to the work as "unglamorous," but stressed the importance in mobilizing the UK in order to keep crops from going to waste.

Without the proper number of workers, the UK could see millions of tons of fresh produce rot, The Independent reported.

Jobs within the "Pick for Britain" campaign range from forklift drivers to food pickers and packers. The work could involve being located directly in the field, working out of a distribution warehouse, or tending to plants.

According to The Independent, the type of job depends on a person's location in the country and previous work experience. Pay rates are determined by the employer.

"It is of the utmost importance, and at the height of this global pandemic you will be making a vital contribution to the national effort," Prince Charles said.

In March, Prince Charles became the first UK royal to test positive for the coronavirus. He has since recovered in good health.

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