Farm fuel supplies should be unaffected by the coronavirus, following some farmer reports of delays to deliveries.
“As far as we’re aware supply levels are still normal across the UK, although there may be some local issues just as there are any other time of year,” said the NFU in a statement, adding that it is monitoring the situation with suppliers.
Buying ahead of any possible changes to red diesel duties in the Budget and the possibility of more fieldwork may have caused increased fuel demand and a knock-on to supplies.
The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association said its members are prioritising fuel deliveries so that essential users, including those in the food industry, do not go short. It said:
“We would like to reassure consumers of liquid fuel that it is business as usual at UKIFDA Members who are working as normal but are preparing for all eventualities and so there is no need for unseasonal, panic buying.”
The organisation advised farmers to keep in regular contact with suppliers to ensure they are aware of their needs.