Often considered to be a seasonal job, fruit pickers can find themselves working with hard fruits such as apples and pears, or working with soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. You could find yourself working in an orchard or under a poly tunnel. usually pickers are paid per number of trays produced and the work can be affected by weather. Often pickers start very early in the day, so to ensure the fruit is fresh. This type of work tends to attract students, young people and workers from Europe. Employers often supply some form of accommodation or camping area.
Fruit pickers need to work fast and efficiently, ensuring the correct size of fruit is picked and avoidance of the bruised and damaged crops. You would need to separate unwanted stems, and carefully pack into pummets. Other duties such as labelling and loading crates onto vehicles for shipping may be assigned to you.
The work may also involve, using farm machinery, irrigating and spraying using pesticides, planting crops, packing of fruit if done on site.
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