Farmers warn Ukraine war will hit UK food prices

    Full details

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    Meierhans, Jennifer [Author]

    Publisher BBC News
    Year of publication 2022 March 10

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    Scope & contentUK food prices will rise as a result of the war in Ukraine, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has warned.

    Some 30% of the world's wheat comes from Ukraine and Russia and exports will stop during the conflict, it says.

    In addition, the price of gas - which is used to heat greenhouses and to make fertiliser - has soared.

    The union has written to the government to call for urgent action to help UK farmers produce enough food to keep supermarkets stocked and affordable.

    "The government must act now, with a clear signal that food security is a priority for the nation," the NFU said.

    Its letter warned that disruption to food production, supply chains and the availability and affordability of food in the shops could last for years.

    Earlier this week, the boss of one of the world's biggest fertiliser companies, Yara International, warned that the war in Ukraine would deliver a shock to the global supply and cost of food.

    The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has also warned that the increase in fuel prices will lead to people paying more for food in shops and restaurants.
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