The government is expected to reverse temporary visas for foreign butchers as the food industry has said ministers are starting to listen to his warnings about the impact of staff shortages.
The expected intervention comes several weeks after farmers started slaughtering healthy cattle indue to a lack of personnel in the slaughterhouses where the animals are intended to be processed.
A a backlog of up to 120,000 pigs was reportedly stranded on farms long after they should have gone to slaughter, with pens becoming overcrowded and farmers forced to bring in specialist teams to dispose of surplus animals.
The meat industry is one of the many sectors of the UK economy struggling with labor shortages exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, while a shortage of truck drivers has also disrupted supply chains .
La NationalPig Association said it had received unconfirmed information that the government was "about to issue a number of temporary visas to allow processors to employ foreign nationals in slaughterhouses to help process backlog of pigs on UK farms ”.
The food industry will closely monitor whether the announced measures remove the requirement for trained butchers to abroad to speak fluent English.
A source transformation of the industry told The Guardian: "It feels like finally the government is listening and assuring us that it is looking at options.
According to the British Meat Processors Association, non-UK workers make up two-thirds of the workforce, which is 15% of the 95,000 people missing. that the meat processing industry employsusually. Reports suggest that around 1,000 temporary visas could be issued.
In the face of growing food and fuel shortages, the government announced last month that 'he would grant 5,000 temporary visas to non-British truck drivers - although the chief minister admitted on Wednesday that only 20 have been issued so far . An additional 5,500 visas were also promised for seasonal poultry workers which would last until December 31.
But these additional visa allowances do not cover butchers or workers in processing plants who deal with pork and other meats. The UK food and drink industry requested a "Covid-19 recovery visa to recruit foreign workers help mitigate disruptions in the food supply chain and enable the hiring of butchers, chefs and other food industry workers.
Butchers and meat processing personnel are not included in the Seasonal Workers Pilot Program , which issues 30,000 annual permits to non-UK nationals to work as horticultural workers, king of fruits and crops.