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The coronavirus lockdown has sparked record demand for farming jobs as thousands of out-of-work Brits seek to fill seasonal roles usually carried out by European workers.

Dairy farmers have called for urgent government action to help their businesses survive the coronavirus lockdown after demand for milk dried up from cafes and restaurants.

Rare native livestock breeds have the potential to flourish under post-Brexit farming policies, said a conservation charity after publishing its latest Watchlist.

The closure of chip shops due to the coronavirus lockdown has created a surplus of 188,576 tonnes of potatoes, said a farm analyst.

Norfolk’s farm shops are dealing with a spectacular surge in sales during the coronavirus lockdown – with one reporting takings 35 times higher than the previous week.

High-profile East Anglian farmers have backed a new education project to help house-bound children reconnect with the countryside while learning from home during the lockdown.

A major East Anglian salad and vegetable grower has reported “strong interest” in seasonal roles from jobseekers who have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sugar beet growers have won an emergency authorisation to use a soon-to-be-banned pesticide to protect their crops against “very significant disease challenges” this spring.

Farmers are ploughing on with the vital job of producing food during the coronavirus pandemic – a crisis which has reinforced just how important our agricultural industry is to the nation says RACHEL CARRINGTON, East Anglia regional director for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Farmers have been warned to keep their children safe while they stay at home on the family farm during the coronavirus lockdown.

For the second year running, Norfolk farmers have made the biggest contribution to the nationwide Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) – which has revealed the most abundant species in our countryside.

“Essential travel” certificates are being issued to help farmers justify their movements if challenged by police enforcing the coronavirus lockdown.

Agricultural drone sprayers could be used to remotely disinfect parks, hospital grounds, transport hubs and schools during the coronavirus pandemic – but only if emergency authorisations are rapidly issued, said researchers.

Pig farms are finding ways to cope with erratic demand and pork producers are recruiting for temporary jobs in a bid to keep this key Norfolk food sector functioning during the coronavirus crisis.

Farmers have been urged to report coronavirus business impacts ranging from labour shortages to late payments via a new online portal aiming to inform government responses.

The closure of chip shops and McDonald’s takeaways has left a glut of potatoes without a market as farmers grapple with “a huge amount of market disruption and uncertainty” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Norwich Livestock Market has been closed due to concerns over coronavirus – but an online sales register is being developed to allow farmers to continue trading animals urgently needed within the UK food chain.

Wildlife has found new space to breathe in Norfolk’s countryside as the coronavirus lockdown gives nature a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to thrive without human disturbance.

Rural business leaders want the planned phasing-out of EU farm subsidies to be delayed by a year to give farmers more time to adjust as they battle the economic impacts of coronavirus.

The economic impact of coronavirus has put farmland sales “on hold” – although rural agents believe plunging stock markets could encourage investors to take interest in farm estates.

Farmers have urged the public not to ignore social distancing rules while exercising in the countryside, in order to protect the industry producing vital food during the coronavirus crisis.

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