The NFU has warned foods such as meat, bread and potatoes could be in short supply this year as well as facing a price increase as a consequence of the extended hot weather.
The farmer’s union said that farmgate prices are set to rise and has indicated that retailers may pass the increases on to consumers. Anand Dossa, economist at the NFU said harvesting for crops such as grains was happening too early, though conceded it was too early to predict yields.
Dossa also said that sheep meat production was down by 16%, while Tim Mead of organic dairy company Yeo Valley said milk production had fell by 10%, however added: “There is still plenty of milk around”.
Other farming bodies such as the British Growers Association and the National Pig Association have issued similar warnings. Jack Ward, chief executive of the British Growers Association, said: “As a broad generalisation, volumes will be down and for the majority of crops costs will be up.
“Brassicas, such as broccoli and cabbage, are down in volume. With salad, growers are having difficulty just keeping the plants alive. But there is still time for potatoes to bulk up, and onions, that will depend on the weather in August and September.”