Strawberries and raspberries fields in Britain will be left to rot in the field because there’s nobody to pick them, British farmers quoted by The Times warn.

They demand the Government in London to relax its immigration policies so that the Europe-wide famous Romanian and Bulgarian “strawberry pickers” can work in their area too.

British farmers say very few immigrants can work for their farms according to government policies this summer and are pressing the authorities to take measures to allow thousands of immigrants from Romania, Bulgaria and other non-EU countries such as Ukraine, Albania and the Moldovan Republic work in England’s strawberry fields.

The farmers’ plea comes despite some 630,000 East-European immigrants have been registered in Britain since May 2004, with another 16,250 immigrants from Romania, Bulgaria and other countries expected to be employed for seasonal works in the coming six months.