20th May 2022


Rural Rap

FOURTEEN BEACHES IN KENT AND SUSSEX HAVE RECEIVED BLUE FLAGS, reports the BBC.  The status is an international award recognising water quality, safety and cleanliness.  Some of the beaches have previously been subjected to waste pollution by Southern Water.  The beaches include Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Tankerton, Sheerness, Leysdown, Minster Leas, Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay.

MIKE AND JAN BAX’S MOAT FARM WOODLANDS WILL FORM PART OF A NATIONWIDE NETWORK DEDICATED TO THE QUEEN.  The woodlands, which are remnants of the ancient Wealden Forest, comprise oaks with an understorey of mainly hornbeam, aspen and hazel.  1066 Harold’s Byway allows visitors to traverse the route the Normans reputedly followed after the Battle of Hastings to wreak revenge on Warehorne Haven.  Having been developed in 2013, in totality the footpath connects Battle Abbey in East Sussex to Westminster Abbey in London.  These woods are to be part of a network of 70 ancient woodlands to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
70 Ancient Woodlands – The Queen’s Green Canopy (queensgreencanopy.org)

APPLE GROWERS HAVE WARNED THAT SOARING COSTS “MUST BE ABSORBED” IN ORDER TO KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS, reports the Grocer.  The sector has seen an increase in the cost of production of up to 25% in the last year.  Growers are estimating that they need to see the wholesale price of six apples grow by a minimum of 18% to safeguard supply this year as a result of inflationary pressures.  One of the main drivers is the rise in the cost of labour, which now accounts for nearly 40% of costs.
Growers warn apple prices will have to rise due to cost of production | News | The Grocer

FARMING INFLATION HAS SOARED TO LEVELS NOT SEEN IN DECADES, reports Farming UK.  Andersons data suggests that inflation now stands at 30.6%.  Many farm businesses are now feeling a “severe squeeze” on margins, with inflation expected to remain in the short-to-medium term.  Agflation has been increasing rapidly, mostly driven by the Ukraine war.  While several livestock sectors are showing signs of stress however, the arable sector is less affected as most farmers had bought fertiliser earlier in the year.  This could result in a “stellar year” this year, with the value of unharvested wheat crop having risen by over 50% since it went in the ground.  However, significant challenges loom for 2023.

PUTIN IS “WEAPONISING” THE WORLD’S FOOD SUPPLIES, AND “DELIBERATELY DESTROYING” FARMING INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UKRAINE, reports the Telegraph.  Russian forces are stealing grain and destroying agricultural equipment, according to Western officials.  The Kremlin is believed to be dismantling infrastructure needed for food production and blocking ports.  Officials fear that Russia has embarked on a “deliberate” policy of disrupting food supplies, sparking a global crisis and raising the prospect of starvation in developing countries.  The fears come as grocery bills in the UK rose to their highest level in a decade in April, helping to drive inflation to at 9% – a 40 year high.
Vladimir Putin ‘weaponising’ world’s food supplies (telegraph.co.uk)

THE GOVERNOR OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND WARNED OF “APOCALYPTIC” RISES IN FOOD PRICES, reports the Times.  Andrew Bailey faced a backlash from ministers over the “irresponsible” language.  He told MPs that he felt helpless because rises in inflation were being driven by a series of external shocks, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and supply chain problems caused by Chinese lockdowns. Ukraine’s grain exports have plunged to about 500,000 tonnes a month, down from 5 million tonnes before the war.
Backlash over Andrew Bailey’s warning that food shortage poses ‘apocalyptic’ inflation threat | News | The Times

2,000 FARMERS PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S BIG FARMLAND BIRD COUNT, reports Farming UK and the GWCT.  26 red-listed species were recorded, among 130 species overall, across 1.5m acres.  Over 420,000 individual birds were counted.  Seven of the 25 most frequently seen species are red-listed, including starlings, lapwings, fieldfares and linnets.  Blackbirds and woodpigeons were the most commonly spotted birds, and over 63% saw robins, carrion crows and pheasants.

Farming Fayre Sunday 5th June 2022 - Hosted by Canterbury Young Farmers Club

Tractor Display, Demonstrations, Food & Drink, Local Stalls & Crafts…and much much more!

Sunday 5th June
Broadlees Farm, Deal Road, Swingate CT15 5DL

For further questions, or if you would like to have a stand, contact farmingfayre@gmail.com

Kent County Show - 8, 9 & 10 July

The Kent County Show is back

9am to 5pm daily
The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Tickets currently available online at www.kcas.org.uk

Children go free.  Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

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