The number of UK farmers who are switching to organic farming methods is reportedly falling, despite rising consumer demand for organic produce.

Four years ago, 250 farmers each month were applying to convert their farms to organic farms. Now, however, this number has fallen to just 40 per month. Dairy farmers in particular seem reluctant to convert to organic farming methods, reported the Journal.

The reason for the downturn is believed to be competition from cheaper foreign imports of organic produce.

Some farmers also say they are not receiving enough support from supermarkets, or financial help from the government to ensure survival in the long term.