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Farmers call for more immigrant crop pickers

PUBLISHED: 14:14 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:27 23 August 2010

CONCERNED farmers have handed a manifesto to their MP that includes calls for more immigrant crop pickers. Rochester National Farmers Union, which represents farmers from Gravesham and Medway, met with Conservative back bencher Mr Holloway on Friday to

CONCERNED farmers have handed a manifesto to their MP that includes calls for more immigrant crop pickers.

Rochester National Farmers' Union, which represents farmers from Gravesham and Medway, met with Conservative back bencher Mr Holloway on Friday to discuss the future of the profession.

During a tour of Luddesdown Organic Farm, NFU secretary Clive Wenham and farm manager Gerry Minister spoke of the problem of finding people to pick crops during harvest.

"There is a problem in finding

employment to help during picking

season, we are close to London so there is competition for jobs and picking sprouts in winter or strawberries in the blazing heat is not everyone's favourite job," he said.

"In the past we had contact in Eastern Europe that allowed people to come over during the harvest season."

The manifesto also highlights issues such as Bovine Tuberculosis, working with Defra and reform of the provision of subsidies.

"This is a national manifesto put

together by experts in the field and we are presenting it to MPs across the

country.

"Here we will also be speaking to other parliamentary candidates in the build-up to the election," said Mr Wenham, who works out of the NFU office in Meopham.

"For this area, we produce a lot of fruit and veg and do a lot of business with supermarkets and we are keen the

business we do is fair."

DJ Talent helps

Valentines'

charity event

A CHEEKY, gold-toothed DJ who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent will be sharing the love this Valentines' Day by helping out at a charity event.

Beckenham-born DJ Talent, whose real name is Anthony Ghosh, is set to appear at Bar 24 in Stone Street, Gravesend, this Saturday night.

The 31-year-old will join other

celebrities for a night of fundraising events in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee's Haiti Earthquake Appeal at the club's Share The Love Valentines' weekend.

Raffles and prizes will be on offer, with all proceeds going to the appeal, while bar management are donating their wages for that day.

Mr Ghosh, who has 28 gold teeth, divided opinion on Britain's Got Talent last year with his undeniably catchy song I Say Britain, but went on to release it as a single on iTunes.

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