Farmers look forward after tough year

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FARMERS are looking forward after a “year to forget”, according to an agricultural chief.

Record-breaking wet weather has resulted in poor crop yields for many Derbyshire farmers – sparking concerns about soaring food prices.

Simon Fisher, senior food and farming adviser at the East Midlands branch of the NFU, said: “2012 has been a very challenging harvest and one many farmers will want to forget.

“The cold, wet and dark spring and summer have led to some very sharp yield losses, and combine this with issues on the quality of crops, many farmers will wish to put this year firmly behind them.

“But farmers cope with weather all year round and because they’re optimists at heart they’ll be hoping that 2013 will be better,” added Mr Fisher.

Richard Dodd, from the British Retail Consortium, said food prices could rise as a result of the situation – described as “life-destroying for farmers” by NFU president Peter Kendall.