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Floods spell 'crisis' for farming

Photo: Livestock have drowned and their winter feed has been destroyed

Great Britain
July, 2007

As the waters slowly recede, experts say the floods will leave a disaster for British farming in their wake.

Farmers' livelihoods have been devastated across the UK by the June and July deluges.

And now the impact looks set to hit the rest of us in the form of food shortages and raised prices.

"I don't want to exaggerate the problem we've got, but if I say it's a crisis, I'll be telling it exactly like it is," he told BBC Radio 4.

"We're only cropping 15 to 20% of what we should be.

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