Archive Article: 2002/08/16

16 August 2002

Growing what consumers want… Greengro veg from high-tech polycarbonate tunnels is pesticide-free and more uniform and enviro-friendly than imported produce, says Unigros Angus Padfield (right). That will please the supermarkets and NFU president, Ben Gill. Farms are now wanted to enter joint-venture agreements which will help fund the £175,000 a tunnel cost, with 25% margins claimed. Main backer, Billings Farms Group, Kent, is hosting the first 20 units with Greengro stir-fry oriental vegetables due on supermarket shelves this autumn. More details in Arable next week.

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