All areas of the UK have been affected by the prolonged period of heavy rainfall and now growers are who are struggling with harvesting crops are also facing challenging conditions while trying plant new season crops.
Shane Talling from Veg-UK Ltd which has growers in Kent and Lincolnshire said that in Kent at the moment they are struggling to get into the fields to harvest cauliflower, potatoes and Savoy cabbage. “Lifting the crops is slow going at the moment, tractors are getting stuck and in some case the crops are getting damaged in the process.
Processing is also taking longer, the main crop at the moment are Savoy cabbage, cauliflower and potatoes, we have people waiting about not able to cut the crops all of this adds to the cost, we want our customers to understand why there are increases in prices.”
Shane also reckons there will be a gap between the Spanish supply and domestic supply as planting is also delayed, “We should be planting summer crop now in Kent but again we can’t get into the fields, it will most likely be the same when planting starts in Lincolnshire.”