Growers fight recession and bad weather
The snow this winter caused some particularly difficult conditions for leek growers, particularly in Lincolnshire. Described as being the most severe problem for years, in some cases up to 50% of the crop is unsaleable.
Demand for alliums continues to rise, though. The cold weather and the recessionary climate encourage people to stay at home and cook, making very favourable market conditions for growers. Poor weather elsewhere in the world means that for some crops such as onions, less imported volume is available this year - this is good news for UK growers as their returns increase significantly on previous years.
Jack Shamash from The Grower (published in Horticulture Week) takes an in-depth look at the current market picture. Read the story here.