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Agriculture industry in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Agriculture and farming are vitally important for the United Kingdom as the sector constitutes a key supply source for the country’s food consumption needs. As of 2020, approximately 71 percent of the total area of the United Kingdom was used as agricultural land and the agricultural sector contributed more than 9 billion British pounds in gross value added (GVA) to the national economy in that year.

Crop farming in the UK

With more than 4 million hectares of land area used for crops, the United Kingdom produces a variety of agricultural crops for domestic consumption, but also for global export. In 2020, wheat production in the United Kingdom was valued at approximately 1.5 billion British pounds, while fresh vegetable production reached around 1.61 billion pounds in value.

Livestock farming in the UK

The number of dairy cows in the United Kingdom has not fluctuated much in the last decade, hovering around 1.8 million dairy cows. The biggest number is mainly concentrated in farms in England, where the number of dairy cows reached 1.1 million in June 2020, compared to around 173 thousand in farms in Scotland. Nationwide, the total amount of slaughtered cows and adult bulls was around 695 thousand adult cattle in 2020.


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