UK fruit and vegetable growers will be able to recruit non-EU migrants as seasonal workers after Brexit under a new pilot scheme.
Ministers say the initiative between spring 2019 and December 2020 will help tackle labour shortages during peak production periods.
The visas for up to 2,500 workers a year will last for six months.
The National Farmers’ Union had expressed fears staff shortages could hamper the harvesting of produce.
Farms have been reporting a slowdown in EU labour since the referendum.
The scheme, which would run during a transition period after the UK leaves the EU, was announced by the Home Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Ministers stressed that the pilot will be closely monitored and could close if there is evidence migrant workers were not returning to their home countries when their visas expire.