John Whittingdale was pleased to visit Dengie Crops in Asheldham, to hear more about the business and to discuss the impact of the increase in gas prices on their production process.
Dengie is a cooperative owned by local farmers who grow some 2000 hectares of Alfalfa which produces around 20,000 tonnes of high quality animal feed by dehydration. It employs over 40 permanent staff and was awarded a Royal Warrant in 2010. However, the drying process involved in production is highly energy-intensive and the costs of the business have risen sharply as a result of the increase in the price of gas.
John said: “Dengie Crops is a terrific business which is owned and run by local farmers in the Dengie. It has been highly successful but now faces a huge challenge as a result of the hike in gas prices. I have already spoken to the Chancellor to alert him to the problems faced by energy-intensive agricultural businesses like Dengie and I very much hope that he will be able to provide some relief”.
Learn more about Dengie Crops:https://www.dengie.com/about-us/