Flooding to affect food prices

The recent flooding that has hit northern England recently could mean that a substantial amounts of winter vegetables, such as potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages, will be ruined.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has reported potatoes rotting in standing water. The report adds: “there remains a great deal of uncertainty over the fate of the crop area yet to be lifted. An estimated 2%-3% of the area is expected to have to be completely written off.”

Meanwhile, the British Growers Association (BGA) has reported that sodden ground in Lincolnshire, which produces 60 per cent of the domestic brassica crop, is making it difficult to get the produce out of the fields, with cauliflowers being impacted the most.

Jack Ward, the BGA chief executive, said: “The conditions underfoot are seriously wet so moving around is incredibly difficult. The actual rate of harvesting is much slower so there is less product available and there is evidence to suggest cauliflowers are running short.”

Potatoes will also be hit significantly. Following on from the poor potato harvest in 2018, being the smallest for six years, potato prices are again likely to rise. This will affect the price of potato products such as crisps and chips. This year there has already been rises in the price of KP brands, such as McCoy’s, of between 9 and 22 per cent and further losses this year could increase prices further.

For advice on matters relating to the agriculture sector, contact our expert team at Milsted Langdon today.

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