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Eastern Europeans flown in to pick fruit and vegetables  

Eastern European farm workers are being flown to the UK on charter flights to pick fruit and vegetable crops as Britain approaches the summer picking season.  

Air Charter Service told the BBC that six planes are set to operate between mid-April and the end of June. DEFRA said it was encouraging people across the UK “to help bring the harvest in” as concern grows over potential labour shortages, with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) estimating that up to 70,000 fruit and vegetable pickers were needed.  

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