27 August 1997
Harvest catastrophe for apple growers
ENGLISH apple growers said they faced the worst harvest in more than 60
years. They warned that many small producers could go bust.
Cox and Bramley output is expected to be half that of a normal year because
of April and Mays frosts. Midsummer hailstones knocked fruit off the trees.
This years crop of English apples is not expected to exceed 150,000 tonnes. Cox
and Bramley are estimated to be down 48% and 51%. Yields of other varieties such
as Gala, Spartan, Worcester and Discovery have also halved.
The price of Cox is expected to rise to 69p/1b, 40% higher than last year.
The full extent of the damage will become clearer in the next fortnight once
the apples are taken off the trees.