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Horticulture businesses need better returns or could become unviable

A report by Andersons, commissioned by the NFU, said soaring labour costs could threaten the viability of the horticulture industry in the UK

Horticulture businesses need better returns or could become unviable


Horticulture businesses need to see fairer returns to offset rising labour costs or may become unviable.

 

UK growers have seen labour costs soar by 34 per cent since 2016, according to a report by Andersons, commissioned by the NFU, and this alongside long-term labour challenges could threaten the viability of the horticulture industry in the UK.

 

Productivity

 

While new varieties, new growing systems, mechanisation and automation has allowed productivity gains for crops such as soft fruit, top fruit, vining peas and potatoes, many horticultural crops rely on manual labour and were particularly exposed to high wage cost inflation.

NFU horticulture board chairman Ali Capper said costs continued to rise when margins were ‘tighter than ever’.

 

She said: “Labour costs account for 40-70 per cent of business turnover and ever-increasing costs mean some growers may no longer see their business as viable in the UK.

 

Viability

 

“Particularly when coupled with ongoing recruitment challenges, many businesses may simply become unviable and larger businesses could consider opportunities to relocate abroad.”

 

Ms Capper warned without action, the UK might lose a ‘thriving’ domestic industry and rely further on imports.

 

“Brexit and Covid-19 have highlighted the importance of local, fresh, secure supply chains and we should support the expansion of British horticultural production,” she added.

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