Cucumbers and peppers are at risk of shortages this summer due to rising energy costs
- Half of the greenhouses in the country used to grow cucumbers are empty
- At the beginning of last year, growers paid 40 pence per therm for their gas
- But this has now risen to £8 amid rising energy prices
Cucumbers and peppers may be scarce this summer, as growers are unable to heat the greenhouses due to rising energy prices.
Industry chiefs claim that half of the country’s greenhouses used to grow the favorite salads have been left empty due to heating costs and labor shortages.
Growers are predicted to harvest less than half of the normal crop of cucumbers and peppers. Experts say it is now too late to plant any more crops.
Industry leaders claim half of the country’s greenhouses used to grow the salad favorites have been left empty due to heating costs and labor shortages
According to the Hertfordshire-based Lea Valley Growers Association, which represents companies that make up three quarters of the country’s cucumbers and peppers, companies have been hit by staggering price increases.
At the beginning of last year, growers paid 40 pence per therm for gas, but this has risen to as much as £8.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has also caused problems. In 2021 most of the workers of British growers came from Ukraine, but the war prevented many from leaving the country.
Labor and cost pressures have also led to a 20 percent reduction in plantings of brassicas, including broccoli and cauliflower.