The government runs the risk of “sleepwalking” a food supply crisis Unless it provides significant support to UK farmers struggling with skyrocketing prices of fuel, fertilizer and fodder, warns National Farmers Union,
rising costs The union said there could be supply problems for energy-intensive crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and pears, which are on track to hit their lowest yields since records began in 1985, and rationing at supermarkets, As happened recently with eggs.
The union said that the prices of milk are also likely to fall. cost of production and that beef producers were evaluating whether to reduce the number of cows for slaughter in light of rising costs.
rising cost of inputs related to War and Pandemic in Ukraine They were to blame, said the NFU, which has more than tripled the price of fertilizer since 2019 and increased the cost of fuel and feed by about 75%. This comes on top of a six-fold increase in bulk gas prices, and an increase in checks and red-tapism for importers linked to Brexit.
union is asking State support for farmers Who said that the UK has lost almost 7,000 agricultural businesses since 2019, noting that they have been forced to close since the outbreak of Covid.
“Buyers across the country have decades of a guarantee of a supply of high-quality, affordable food that conforms to some of the world’s highest animal welfare, environmental and food safety standards,” NFU president. mince batters,
“But UK food is at risk… at a time when global instability threatens the economy Sustainability of world food production, food security and energy security,
“I fear the country is sleeping in more food supply crisis with future of food supply fruits and vegetables The Brits are in trouble,” he said.
The union is urging the government to remove the cap on temporary foreign workers and introduce a food security target that will monitor and report on national food production level,
It also calls for an inquiry into whether “extraordinary market conditions” should be declared in light of the disruption in egg production, exacerbated by the bird flu outbreak. Such a measure would allow the department Increase in Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Provide support to egg farmers facing financial difficulties.