This year’s Christmas sprout crop promises to be one of the best on record - but low prices are threatening the sector.
British Sprout Growers Association chairman Roger Welberry warned returns were at their lowest for years. “We desperately need a penny or two more from the supermarkets to make a living.”
Most growers, he claimed, were only surviving because they were supported by the banks. Welberry said he would consider reducing his own 500 acre sprout crop next year if the
situation did not improve. He added: “The crop came through the wet summer well with little aphid damage. What we need now is colder weather to tighten up buttons.”
However plants grown on silt land are suffering from ‘lodging’, which is when sprouts tilt over making mechanical harvesting of them difficult.