Most locally grown vegetables could disappear from Island shelves as the farm supplying the bulk of the Island’s stores contemplates a move to medicinal cannabis production.
Blaming the situation on inflationary costs within the industry, Charlie Gallichan, owner of Woodside Farms, said it was ‘99% certain’ that they would stop growing vegetables for local consumption this summer. It follows the sale of their daffodil and potato export business to the Jersey Royal Company.
Mr Gallichan confirmed that diversifying into medicinal cannabis growing was one of a number of options now being considered. ‘We’ve been through a difficult time over the last couple of years, as many businesses have,’ he said.
‘The trading environment generally for agriculture both in the Island and nationally is incredibly difficult. All our input costs are showing double-digit growth and we can’t pass that cost on,’ he said, adding that exiting food production at a time of their choice, in a controlled manner, was preferable to being forced to take action later.
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