Arable Farming

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made on the contribution of the arable sector to the economy in each of the last three years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Statistics about agriculture in the UK are published annually. This includes an extensive range of data including production of key commodities.

Provisional figures for 2017 show that gross output from agriculture generated £26.3 billion. The arable sector’s contribution to this was £4.2 billion, accounting for 15.8% of UK agricultural production. This compares with £4 billion in 2015 and £3.3 billion in 2016.

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