The King holds a digital audience with the Federation of Swedish Farmers

The King held a digital audience with the Federation of Swedish Farmers' President and CEO.

The King held a digital audience with the Federation of Swedish Farmers' President and CEO. Photo: Victor Ericsson/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Tuesday 16 June, The King held a digital audience with President Palle Borgström and CEO Anna-Karin Hatt from the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF).

During the digital audience, The King found out how LRF's members have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the adaptations that have been made to safeguard operations within agriculture, forestry, horticulture and Swedish food production.

LRF's President Palle Borgström and CEO Anna-Karin Hatt described the problems that have arisen within the industry since the outbreak of the pandemic, including a shortage of workers, operational downtime due to school and preschool closures, trade barriers due to closed borders and workforce shortages due to illness.

The King also learnt about the situation within the forest industry and that the risk of bark beetle attacks is expected to rise due to a shortage of forestry workers.

The Federation of Swedish Farmers

The Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) is a politically independent professional organisation for business owners within agriculture, forestry, horticulture and other rural industries such as food producers, rural tourism companies and contractors.

LRF was founded in 1971 when the Swedish National Rural Union merged with the Swedish Agricultural Union. LRF has more than 170,000 members.