17 July 1998
Bleak weather hits fruit and veg growers
THE National Farmers Union of England and Wales appealed to shoppers to eat more fruit and vegetables “at a time when farmers and growers at home are suffering their most difficult time in living memory”.
Bleak summer weather is said to be responsible for reducing shoppers appetites for fruit and vegetables.
The weather has hit cherries from Kent Orchards for the second season running. But local growers at the Kent County Show yesterday were still able to send the Queen a traditional gift of four pounds of plump red cherries.
Growers say the weather has slashed yields to only a quarter of their normal size. Many are considering growing dwarf trees which can be covered in plastic to protect the fruit.
Brian Piper, a cherry and pear grower from Loose, near Maidstone, won the coveted Champion Basket with a Canadian-bred dark red variety called Sunburst.
- The Daily Telegraph 17/07/98 page 11, page 28