Fresh pea harvest will be barely half of expected crop, say growers

With the UK harvest of fresh peas almost complete, yields appear to amount to only 55 per cent of their expected levels, due to the poor summer weather.

peas have suffered in poor weather - image:HW
peas have suffered in poor weather - image:HW

A statement from the British Growers' Association said: "it is clear that this great British product will be in short supply until new season crop arrives in next summer."

Normally, over 90 per cent of the 150,000-tonne fresh frozen pea market, worth around £200 million at retail, is produced in the UK.

BGA chief executive James Hallett said: "The unprecedented combination of unseasonably high rainfall and minimal sunshine in the key growing months of May, June and July has proven insurmountable this season, with tracked harvest machines struggling to cope with swamp-like fields."

But he added: "Lessons will be learned and the ingenuity for which UK growers and farmers are famed will be applied to make 2013 a much better year."


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