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Farm worker numbers continue to fall in Jersey

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The number of staff working on farms in Jersey is falling, according to the latest Agricultural Statistics report.

Full-time staff numbers are down by nearly 30% in the past 10 years.

488
Number of full-time staff employed at Jersey farms in 2017.
678
Number of full-time staff employed at Jersey farms in 2007.

Seasonal figures have also decreased in the past 10 years.

834
Number of seasonal staff employed at Jersey farms in 2017
1,031
Number of seasonal staff employed at Jersey farms in 2007.

The 2017 Agricultural Statistics report says that crop rotation is needed to reverse the trend of the falling value of exported produce.

The Growth, Housing and Environment Department say by introducing new crops, like hemp, could reverse this trend.

The uptake of alternative crops is interesting and exciting, with a considerable hemp area planted this year and tea plantations expanding, and the effect of imported genetics continues to improve productivity in the dairy sector.

– Senator Lyndon Farnham, Economic Development Minister

Jersey Royal exports has remained constant since 2010, with the early potato crop accounting for 95% of revenue in the outdoor crop sector.