Frost-hit growers seek extra cash

18 July 1997

Frost-hit growers seek extra cash

SEVERE frosts across the south of England have affected 70% of the UKs top fruit production, prompting calls to Whitehall and Brussels for an urgent injection of cash compensation.

An NFU report says the worst frosts in 60 years could cost hundreds of south-east farmworkers their jobs and create a £5m dent in the local economy.

Among the worst hit producers is John Adams, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, who has lost 96% of his 23ha (57 acres) of apples and pears plus all of his plums.

"This is the worst year since 1935 and there is nothing we can do about it," he said.n

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