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Frozen sprouts may cause Christmas shortage

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Vegetable farmers in the South East fear there could be a shortage of sprouts and cabbages for Christmas, if the arctic conditions return.

The cold snap has meant that crops cannot be harvested, or have been damaged, and farmers fear that by Christmas there may be no British cauliflowers available.

Harvesting usually begins in the autumn and goes right through until March, with a quarter of the Brussels sprout harvest being sold in December.

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