Optimism increases for more 'normal' vining pea harvest

With vining pea harvesting well under way, growers are optimistic of a more "normal" harvest following a difficult 2012 in which yields were down 45 per cent, the British Growers Association (BGA) has said.

While the late spring has delayed crop development, the cooler, windier weather has reduced disease incidence and the recent fine weather has made harvesting easier than at the same time last year, when harvesting machines struggled to cope with boggy conditions.

"Over the next couple of months, Britain's vining pea growers will harvest the equivalent of two billion individual portions of peas," said BGA chief executive James Hallett. "Home-grown peas remain the gold standard for quality, taste and flavour, a key source of healthy nutrients and a 'green' option for Britain's growers."

The UK is the largest producer of peas for freezing in Europe, growing around 35,000ha of vining peas each year that are frozen within 150 minutes of leaving the field. Around 90 per cent of the 150,000 tonnes consumed in the UK each year is home-grown.


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