Farmers suffer as fuel shortages hit countryside
FARMERS in rural areas feel they will be left out in the cold this Easter weekend as towns and cities are given priority for deliveries of fuel.
Lee Cox, who runs a mixed arable and livestock enterprise in Oakley, Buckinghamshire, said his supplier had told him there was a seven to 10 day wait for farm diesel.
“When I rang to put my order in on Monday (April 2) I was told I was looking at next Tuesday at the earliest,” said Mr Cox.
“I was very shocked.
“The countryside will suffer as the towns take priority.”
It comes after a week of panic at the pumps as motorists rushed to the forecourts to fill up.
The Government is facing criticism for the way it handled the threat of a strike by fuel tanker drivers.
It said drivers should top up their tanks when they could, but advised there was no fuel shortage.
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude came under fire for his comments encouraging drivers to store petrol in a jerrycan.
But as crop spraying got well underway, farmers already ‘on red’ said they were concerned they could run out altogether.
The AA urged the public not to panic buy and said motorists should keep their ‘normal fuel buying habits’ as normal.
A spokesman said he believed the countryside was being hit the hardest.