Asparagus harvest in Ramsgate
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Asparagus harvest in South East hit by bad weather

16 May 2013 Last updated at 16:33 BST

Farmers in the South East say the cold, wet spring has hit this year's asparagus crop hard, with the first few bunches just getting to shops and restaurants now - a month late.

The harvest for 2013 is expected to be down by 50%.

Peter Dyas, of Sevenscore Farm in Ramsgate, Kent said his workers had taken 20-odd trays from a field which would usually yield up to 200.

"It's very, very sparse. It's a disaster this year," he said.