UK: Midlands growers warn that salad shortage could last weeks

Vegetable growers across the Midlands have warned salad shortages on some supermarket shelves could continue for several more weeks.

High energy costs have meant that many have not been able to heat their greenhouses, leading to a delay in planting crops. They are now calling for more financial support from the government.

The appeal has been backed by Stoke-on-Trent MP Jo Gideon, who says more vegetables should be grown in the UK. Paul Drew, of Drews of Worcester, says his energy costs have risen from 15p per kilowatt to 62p per kilowatt.

To speed up growth he has the option to artificially heat and light his crops but fears the rising cost will make it unprofitable. The tomato grower said: "You'd like to think you can plan for it, but I really don't know how we will survive this year."


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