UK tomato self-sufficiency slips further back

British-grown tomatoes' share of the home market slipped back further last year to 18 per cent, according to new Defra figures.

NFU chief horticulture and potatoes advisor Hayley Campbell-gibbons told yesterday's Tomato Growers Association conference that the home-grown share fell by 2 per cent last year, even as consumption among UK shoppers grew.  

"Imports actually rose by 7 per cent," she said.

British tomatoes were one of the "endangered crops" identified in the NFU's recent Catalyst for Change report, having undergone a drop of 20 per cent or more within a decade.


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