UK: Cucumber farm faces fight to survive amid 'triple threat'

The owner of one of the UK's biggest cucumber farms says the industry is facing a "triple threat" as he fights to keep his family business going.

Tony Montalbano, who runs Green Acre Salads in Roydon in Essex, says UK salad growers are facing a threat to their business from spiralling energy bills, supermarket prices which do not reflect growers' costs and a shortage of workers.

It was forced to stop production earlier this year because of the exorbitant cost of energy needed to grow the crop in the depths of winter.

"This is the only thing I know, [so] I'm trying to keep the family business going till the end," he told ITV News Anglia.

"It feels like a lonely game only looking after yourself."


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