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Fears Cornish Families Facing Rise in Shopping Bills

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7:05am 20th September 2012
(Updated 7:05am 20th September 2012)

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish families could end paying more for their weekly shop because of the washout summer.

Some farmers in the Duchy have told us crop yields have plummeted by a quarter.

Coupled with a drought in parts of the States, prices are being pushed up.

James Hosking grows cereals at Fentongollan Farm near Truro. He said: "Obviously we will budget for the income we still hope to get for the year. We know we will be a long way down on that. There's the sneaking feeling that if we don't get good weather for another fortnight we will be in serious trouble.

"It's a sad fact that with so many of these crops it's supply and demand. Supply will be very much down this year by the looks of it. Demand won't be down so it will put the prices up of some staple foods, whether it's animal feeds or bread or whatever."

It is feared that could push many families in Cornwall, already struggling to make ends meet, closer to the edge. The number of people using food banks in the Duchy has already rocketed since the start of the recession.

Bob Girvan's Manager at Truro's food bank. He said: "If you were to put yourself in that situation where things are already very tight, you've skimped down to the bare minimum and all of a sudden your shopping bill starts being £3 to £4 more on a weekly basis. People are not going to be able to afford £3 to £4.

"Parents are going without to make sure children can eat properly. But there comes a stage where both are suffering. If health starts to get into it, they're in a bad way and it's going to cost them even more. The knock on effect is they're in desperate straits."

7:05am 20th September 2012

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