Britains Agriculture suffers due to the long winter and bad weather

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Trouble in store for agriculture: Crops and gardens
join the economy in not growing

Special report: The harsh weather has led to the loss of livestock and problems in both vegetable and cereal production

For many of us, the gloom of Britain's six-month winter will finally be over this week when warmer temperatures herald the actual arrival of spring. But for those in the farming, horticultural and food industries, the misery of what has been dubbed the "springter" is set to continue for weeks. Rural bankruptcy, soaring food prices and lack of consumer confidence are warning signs that the economy could tip into triple-dip recession later this month.

With soil temperatures still at winter levels, garden centres and nurseries are reporting their worst Easter for years, as green-fingered consumers failed to spend money on plants they cannot get into the ground. As many crops need to be sown by the middle of April before the optimal sowing period ends, this has led to fears that unless the weather improves significantly in the next 10 days, farming in the UK will be in crisis.

Farmers have suffered catastrophic losses of livestock due to freezing temperatures and drifting snow, with the national body responsible for collecting carcasses revealing a 16 per cent rise in dead sheep and nearly 6 per cent in dead cattle, compared with this time last year....

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Freezing British weather forces UK to import wheat for the first time in a decade

  • Britain could be forced to boost imports by more than 1million tonnes
  • Freeze also damaged many seeds, meaning next harvest will also be affected
  • Potato imports also expected to jump in the next 'crop year'

By James Rush

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The cold weather has devastated wheat crops across the country, forcing Britain to import more of the grain than it exports for the first time in a decade.

The ruined harvests, which have cost farmers £500million, will force Britain, traditionally a significant net exporter of wheat, to boost imports by more than a million tonnes.

The freeze has also damaged many of the seeds that have been sown in recent weeks, meaning the next harvest will also be affected. 

The cold weather has devastated wheat crops across the country, forcing Britain to import more than it exports for the first time in a decade. File picture shows wheat farm in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland

The cold weather has devastated wheat crops across the country, forcing Britain to import more than it exports for the first time in a decade. File picture shows wheat farm in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland

Mike Thomas, of the National Farmers Union (NFU), told the Independent: 'The last 12 months have been unreal for farmers.

'Last April we had a drought and talk of a hosepipe ban, then we had to contend with heavy rains and flooding and then the wintery weather, frozen land and snow.’

Britain is facing importing about 1.5million tons more wheat than it exports in this 'crop year' - which runs from July 2012 to June 2013....

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Britain's disastrous wheat harvest halts production of Weetabix Minis and Oatibix Bites

  • Supplies of the family favourites fallen victim to last year's harvest
  • Supermarkets have put up notices alerting shoppers to the problems

By Leon Watson

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Problems: Cereal maker Weetabix has halted production of Minis and Oatibix Bites in the wake of the poor quality of the UK wheat harvest

Problems: Cereal maker Weetabix has halted production of Minis and Oatibix Bites in the wake of the poor quality of the UK wheat harvest

Weetabix has had to halt production of some of its breakfast cereals as a result of a poor quality wheat harvest, it has been revealed.

Supplies of Minis and Oatibix Bites have fallen victim to last year's disastrous wheat harvest which led to a combination of low yield and poor quality crops, according to trade magazine The Grocer.

Leading High Street supermarket chains have been running out of Minis and have put up notices alerting shoppers to the production problem causing the supply shortage.

The 2012 wheat crop was one of the worst for decades and the cereal company has been forced to stop producing all but one line in the two mini ranges while it changes its production methods to counteract the poor quality of the wheat.

The company which is committed to using only British wheat says the problem has been building since last year but says it did not run into significant capacity problems until late last month when it notified retailers.

Production of all Minis varieties excluding chocolate chip - the most popular - had been halted and production of Oatibix, which do not contain wheat, has been halted as a knock-on effect of the changes.

A spokesman for Weetabix Food Company told The Grocer: 'The lower density of the wheat from last year's harvest has led to operational issues.'

He added that the changes made to the production process had resulted in 'significant' engineering work and forced it to reduce output at the Burton Latimer site in Northamptonshire that produces Minis.

Weetabix would not say what volume of production had been affected by the stoppage but claimed the issue was 'nearly' resolved and that the products would be back in full production shortly.

The magazine says that the early signs for this year are not good because the cold weather meant this year's planting for the coming season has been poor.

The Weetabix problems comes three months after Hovis was forced to abandon its pledge to use 100 per cent British wheat because of the poor harvest.

Last year's disastrous wheat harvest has led to a combination of low yield and poor quality crops

Last year's disastrous wheat harvest has led to a combination of low yield and poor quality crops

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