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Apple growers warn immigration controls could be a 'disaster' for industry

Some farmers in Kent and Sussex are facing an uncertain future now the UK has voted to leave the European Union.

Apple growers are warning they may have to stop producing apples if it becomes more difficult to hire workers from abroad.

At the moment, most pickers come over from Eastern Europe for the season.

But if tighter controls on immigration are introduced, some farmers are warning it could be a disaster for their industry.

James Simpson, who's the managing director of apple growers Adrian Scripps, says his farms rely on seasonal workers from abroad.

You can watch a full report by Abigail Bracken below. Interviewees are James Simpson; the CEO of English Apples and Pears, Adrian Barlow; and apple picker, Tihomir Kasakov.