Low take up rate for jobs in horticulture as concern grows about potential labour shortages  

Only 150 people have taken up jobs picking fruit and vegetables in the UK following a recruitment drive by Concordia, a charity that garnered 50,000 expressions of interest. The low conversion rate highlights the potential problems the UK faces, having historically relied on around 70,000 overseas seasonal workers who normally pick crops from lettuce to berries and apples during the summer harvest season, which is fast approaching. 

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