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Gardeners, landscapers and even some farmers could be paying less for the same work.
The National Farmers’ Union has urged the Government to cut the cost of planting, maintaining and watering crops to £2.40 per hectare, as well as to give farmers the ability to choose where their produce is sold.
Its members also want a change in the way farmers are paid for their work, so that the Government could compensate them for it.
It said that the cost for growing food in Britain is £1,000, and that it was currently more than double that.
“This is a significant and growing challenge for the agricultural sector,” said Paul Jones, the NFU’s director of campaigns.
“[It] is a sector that is growing and is going to be increasingly reliant on new technologies.
So farmers will not only be paying higher prices for their produce but will be paying much higher prices, as they have to be, to support themselves and their families.”
The NFU, along with the Food and Drink Federation, also called for farmers to have the same pay as the average worker.
For example, if a farm were to sell produce to a supermarket for £4.50 per hectar, it would be cheaper to pay an employee at £2 per hour, than the £3.75 they would have been paid if they were a full-time employee.
However, the group said it was also “important to note that it is not possible to calculate this for every farm, and not all farms can afford to pay the same.”
It also called on the Government and local authorities to set out minimum salaries for employees.
There is no official minimum wage in the UK, but many of the country’s large estates are owned by large companies, and pay a lot more.
A recent report by the Institute of Economic Affairs found that the average annual salary for workers aged between 25 and 44 in England was £9,900, compared with £7,200 for those aged 65 and over.
This compares with the average wage of £8,300 in the United States, according to a report by PayScale.
In addition, the average yearly salary for young people in the country is £17,000.
But the NFS said there were currently too many people in farming roles that were working beyond their means.
If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their bills, contact the National Farmers Union at the below email address.