More than one in ten dairy producers say they will leave the sector altogether if chronic staff shortages do not improve, an industry survey shows.

The lack of suitably-qualified farm workers is already reducing production of dairy products and contributing to food price inflation, UK co-op Arla Foods warned.

A combination of the end of free movement of EU workers and the aftermath of the pandemic mean that more than three-fifths (61%) of farmers are finding it more difficult to recruit now than in 2019.


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