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Farmers claim water victory

It may have been a record wet summer, but farmers are worried that the amount of rain is not enough. Farmers across the South fear that unless plans are put in place for water shortages, food prices will have to go up.

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Farmers plea - relax water restrictions

Relax water restrictions imposed on farmers - or risk food shortages and spiralling prices. That's the blunt message to the Water Minister. A summit has been looking at the threat to food production in the South posed by climate change and the increasing risk of drought.

Farmers say complex rules limiting the amount of water used on crops must be simplified or scrapped. This is despite a record wet summer. James Smith, chairman of the Kent National Farmers Union spoke to Meridian a little earlier.

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