Farmers growing the traditional Christmas dinner favourite - the Brussels sprout - say this year’s crop is under threat after it was attacked by a cabbage moth.

Larvae of the insect known as the Diamondback have been eating their way through the leaves on the Brussels sprouts on farms in Co Down.

Steven Murdoch, who farms 20 acres of sprouts in Comber said he estimated that between 20 and 30% of this year’s crop could be lost.

However, Mr Murdoch said supplies of the sprouts for the Christmas table would still be available as they also grow other varieties unaffected by the cabbage moth.

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