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Lincolnshire growers are cutting amount grown due to rising costs

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Growers in the area are reported to be cutting the amount of food they are producing due to sky rocketing costs.

The National Farmers’ Union says Lincolnshire growers are cutting production by 30% after seeing eyewatering price rises.

Growers from the area took part in a NFU commissioned report into inflation growth in horticulture has found that energy, fertiliser and diesel have seen the highest cost increases.

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However some growers feel that the prices will impact more on next year’s crops.

South Holland plays an important role in the county’s food security as up to 30% is produced in or passes through the area - with 1,200 lorry loads of produce leaving the district daily.

County Adviser for Holland (Lincs) Jo Musson said: “A number of farmers and growers have reduced the amount they have planted this year due to a combination of cost prices increases and shortage of labour.

“Many in Lincolnshire growers are growing 30% less this year.

“There are huge rises in the cost of producing food – including fuel, fertiliser, energy, labour and packaging costs.

“Some growers are really struggling to pass these costs on to the supermarkets.”

The survey looked at how the increasing costs has affected seven crops - which represent 50% of the the volume of total UK horticultural production.

Onions saw the highest rate of inflation with production costs going up to almost a quarter but just 5p per pack has been added onto the pack price in the shops.

The report states that costs for products used in agricultural production have risen significantly since January 2021.

It also states that the ‘extreme volatility in gas and oil price’ are linked to the rising costs of red diesel and other products.

The horticulture inflation report goe onto say: “The huge concern of growers is that with the ongoing pressure being felt and without an increase in prices returned to the farm gate, this will eventually, in a worst-case scenario, see producers unable or unwilling to carry on growing.

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