British farmers are warning of possible price rises and even food shortages after admitting they are struggling to cope with some of the wettest Springs in history. Acres of farmland are still unworkable after record rainfall levels were reported for the region during April.
David Armstrong, chairman of the Lincolnshire NFU, farms near Bardney. Normally, he has completed planting as many as 170 acres of potatoes. This year, he has planted less than 50 acres. "There is no panic but obviously the yield could be down in Autumn," he said.
Already, there are plans to import an increasing number of potatoes from Holland and Spain.