Recent flooding in the UK has devastated 30,000 homes, 7000 businesses and 1000s of hectares of crop land. The city of Hull as been described as the UK’s ‘New Orleans’. Now we are told that about half of the UK’s pea crop will be left in the ground to rot.
Ay up mi duck, ya mushy peas just became a luxury item! Prices are set to skyrocket.
Even more worrying are the effects on the supplies of a wide range of vegetable crops. The recent floods have damaged thousands of acres of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers, potatoes, onions and carrots.
Industry experts believe that shoppers may start to see higher prices this weekend as firms seek to import stocks from the Continent. Neil Booley of Staples in Lincolnshire, one of the country’s biggest growers with 7,000 acres of vegetables, has had to buy in cauliflower from Spain to meet supermarket orders. The firm usually sends out 40,000 trays of cauliflower a week, a total of 320,000 cauliflowers. This week there are just 18,000 trays, some 144,000 cauliflowers.
Mr Booley is also worried about broccoli and is to visit Poland and Hungary next week to secure new supplies. Supermarkets buy broccoli for an average of 83p per kg and sell it at £1.25 per kg. The cost is expected to rise to at least £1.50 or £1.60.
Ian Grant, who farms near Boston, in Lincolnshire, said: “I usually plant a total of 200 acres of broccoli but so far only 30 acres are planted and they are just rotting in the ground.”
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