Jeremy Clarkson says that Government red tape around British farming is giving him a headache.
The former Top Gear star, 61, owns a 1,000 acre Cotswolds farm, known as Diddly Squat, which he purchased in 2008 and gives an insight into his farming antics on Amazon Prime show Clarkson’s Farm.
Bolshy TV personality Jeremy – who has admitted on several occasions his lack of knowledge on farming – has vented on how he is fed up with “ridiculous levels of legislation.”
The former TopGear host says he has run into an issue with his 19-strong herd of cows’ – especially their muck.
He tell that he was wondering what to do after receiving conflicting information from official bodies then joked if they expect him to stop his cows’ from pooing by ‘putting corks in their a*ses.’
Explaining the issues, Jeremy told The Sun that one Government department encourages him to use the cows’ muck to fertilise the land, while another official body wants to ban him from doing it where it might pollute the water supply.
“What do I do then?” Jeremy asked “Put corks in the cows’ a*ses?”
Jeremy’s experience with farming has led to him throwing his support behind Back British Farming Day.
The telly star wants the Government to commit to Britain remaining at least 60 per cent self-sufficient in food and wants English shoppers to buy British products in order to help farmers and the environment.
It comes after Jeremy told that since he took over the running of the farm 18 months ago he had invested in “many new and exciting money-spinning projects, and then watched in horror as almost all of them ended in expensive failure.”
Writing in his column for The Times, the wannabe farmer explained: “My first idea was potatoes and they grew well.
“Sadly, I ended up with 16 tons of the damn things, which was not a large enough amount to interest the supermarkets, but it was too much to sell at the side of the road.
“And by the time I’d built a farm shop in which they could be sold, they had all rotted.”
Jeremy also shared that he had planned to rear trout on the grounds of the Chipping Norton farm.
He explained: “I made a pond, provided shade so they didn’t get sunburnt and imported from America an automatic fish feeder.
“I sold a few to my local pub and ate a couple one night with some of the potatoes that hadn’t rotted.
“The rest were stolen by otters and herons.”
But the TV presenter said his “biggest disaster by far” was trying to grow wasabi.
Revealing the inspiration behind the idea, he decided to try it because he thought he might be the only farmer in Britain producing it.
However, the wasabi ended up being eaten by Clarkson’s own pheasants which resulted in them breaking into a sweat and “squawking a lot.”
Clarkson’s latest farm venture is growing chillies, which has seen him invest in expensive polytunnels and drainage systems.
“I’m going for medium-hot jalapenos,” he wrote.
“The only problem is that by the time the polytunnels are up, I’ll be about £20,000 down. This means that to turn a profit my chutney will have to be about £500 a jar.”
A second series of Clarkson’s Farm is in the pipeline after it became Amazon’s highest-rated show ever.
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