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British farmers and consumers must prepare themselves for more fruit and vegetable shortages

There have been warnings of a shortage of British apples, pears and plums following a cold April.

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Fruit shortages to become ‘more common’

Farmers and consumers need to prepare themselves for more fruit and vegetable shortages as weather becomes increasingly unpredictable.


There have been warnings the cold weather in April could lead to a shortage of British apples, pears and plums this year.


But Cindy van Rijswick, fresh fruit and vegetables industry analyst at Rabobank has warned farmers to expect this to happen more often as the UK was likely to see more ‘cold snaps’.


“Incidents of flash flooding may also become more common, causing further pain,” she added.

 

Greenhouse fruit


“In fact, poor weather could even negatively affect greenhouse fruits, such as strawberries and tomatoes, due to less daylight.”


It follows a shortage of some imported vegetables earlier in the year as Spain was hit by cold weather and Ms Van Rijswick said there could be more shortages of produce such as lettuce and spinach across the EU and the rest of the world.


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