British farmer is growing wheat on land
12th March 2022

British farmer is growing wheat on land not due to be planted on until next autumn due to Ukraine crisis – as he expects demand to soar

  • Dan Wallis said he made the decision as he anticipated shortages of wheat and barley
  • But the government has downplayed claims there will be food supply issues due to war in Ukraine 
  •  In Ireland farmers have been urged to grow more crops to offset food supply issues – something unheard of since the Second World War

A farmer has told how he has decided to grow wheat on land that was not due to be planted on until next autumn – as he expects demand to soar.

Dan Wallis, who runs Rookery Farms in Newbury, Berkshire, said he made the decision as he anticipated shortages of wheat and barley in the short term.

‘Given the current crisis in Ukraine the demand for food is ever increasing,’ he told the BBC. 

 ‘There’s going to be a shortage of wheat and barley, predominantly wheat, so today we are planting spring wheat into some fallow land which should have remained fallow until next autumn.’ 

Dan Wallis (pictured), who runs Rookery Farms in Newbury, Berkshire, said he made the decision as he anticipated shortages of wheat and barley in the short term

The Government has downplayed claims that there will be food supply issues due to the war in Ukraine.

Commons leader Mark Spencer told MPs this week: ‘There is no prospect of food shortages at any point in the future, and Defra are working with Treasury to try and make sure that that continues to be the case.’

In Ireland farmers have been urged to grow more crops to offset food supply issues – something unheard of since the Second World War. Some 60 per cent of grain is imported there.


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The Government has downplayed claims that there will be food supply issues due to the war in Ukraine

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