UK farmers threaten to stop planting if supermarkets don’t raise prices

UK fruit and vegetable growers have warned supermarkets that next year’s crops will not be grown unless they drop their opposition to price increases.

As reported in The Times, Input costs for farmers, such as fertilizer and energy bills, rose by 22 per cent in the year to September 30.

This amounts to the second-highest increase on record. According to the farming co-operative AF Group, those costs have yet to be passed onto shoppers, though, resulting in a painful situation for all food suppliers.

Farmers have begun cutting back on production next year because they say they cannot risk planting more crops that go to waste. As well as a lack of labour, growers' already tight profit margins are being squeezed by rising costs for energy and fertiliser.

Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) said: "We have glasshouses that should be growing tomatoes which are currently being mothballed because they don't know if they will have the labour to pick them while energy costs are also spiralling and having an impact."

Read the full article in The Times