W F Kerswell of Church Stretton says the planners need to get behind our farmers

Hereford Times: Rows of greenhouses Rows of greenhouses

ONCE again we read of the battle between councillors and farmers over polytunnels (Hereford Times, April 24), which are essential if we are to compete with Continental and African growers, such as Hoogstraten who now supply 87% of our fruit and veg, shipping it in by lorry and aircraft.

Presently, we also rely on Ukraine for much of our grain and meat, but the political situation there could lead to food shortages and rationing here if all-out war ensues. Latvia and Poland could also be at risk - eggs and pork supplies come from these countries.

Britain should strive to be more self sufficient in food, so local councils that oppose polytunnels are acting against the national interest.

With early and late frosts and vagaries of weather, it is not possible to produce soft fruit of good and sustainable quality, and without using polytunnels, farmers will go bankrupt, not that councillors care, seemingly.

OK, the landscape is pretty, but you cannot eat it!

So, Hereford Council, get behind your local farmers, not the 'Good Lifers' and newcomers, who regard the fruit and vegetable growers as a nuisance to 'their' countryside, that is until there is no food in the shops. Then they will change their tune but it will be too late!


Picklescott, Church Stretton


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