Statistics

  • Farming Families Wellbeing in the 21st Century

    14th July 2021 by

    From farm data to families wellbeing Last month I wrote about our new Scottish Crop Map data. But we are also getting the most from the data we already have. One such project aims to link anonymised farm data to other national surveys and data sets like Scotland’s Census. This will help us look at…

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  • Poor weather impacted Scottish Agriculture

    9th October 2018 by

    Poor weather affected the output of Scottish agriculture over the past year. Sheep and cattle numbers fell and there were reductions in the areas of cereals and potatoes. However, the area of soft fruit, which is less dependent on weather conditions, has seen an increase. The snow storm in the spring affected sheep numbers, which…

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  • Small increase in area of organic farmland

    17th May 2018 by

    The amount of organic farmland in Scotland has slightly increased in 2017, the first increase since 2008. A total of 123,000 hectares was certified as organic farmland in Scotland. Organic land now accounts for two per cent of agricultural land in Scotland. Chart showing percentage of land that is organic   The new figures on…

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  • Scottish Farm Income Statistics 2016-17

    8th March 2018 by

    Incomes from commercial farms in Scotland have increased by around 94 per cent. This reverses the decline from the previous year, with incomes recovering to 2014 levels.   Average farm business income rose this year by around £12,800 to £26,400 which shows that the industry has regained some of the decline since 2011. Farm income…

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  • Total Income from Farming

    31st January 2018 by

    Total income from farming is estimated to have increased by £245 million in 2017, after a modest increase in 2016. The Chief Statistician in the Scottish Government today published Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2015-2017, which contains near-final estimates of Total Income from Farming (TIFF) for 2016 and an initial estimate of 2017 TIFF….

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  • Organic Farming in Scotland, 2016 Statistics

    22nd May 2017 by

    The percentage of agricultural land used for organic farming has fallen by four per cent to 122,000 hectares, or 2.2 per cent of agricultural land. This is the eighth consecutive fall in the area of organic land. The fall in area was seen in grassland & rough grazing (down four per cent), and potatoes and…

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  • Total Income from Farming 2014-16

    31st January 2017 by

    Total income from farming is estimated to have increased by £96 million in 2016, after two years of decline. The Chief Statistician in the Scottish Government today published Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2014-2016, which contains near-final estimates of Total Income from Farming (TIFF) for 2015 and an initial estimate of 2016 TIFF. The…

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  • June Agricultural Census 2016 – Results

    16th November 2016 by

    The latest set of figures on farming in Scotland from the June Agricultural Census 2016, released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician on 25th October, shows a reduction in cereals but an increase in potatoes, sheep, pigs and poultry. There was also a reduction in the workforce, and in the area of secure tenancies. There was an…

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  • Bank Advances to Scottish Agriculture, 2016

    14th September 2016 by

    The National Statistics publication, ‘Bank Advances to Scottish Agriculture, 2016‘ was released by the Chief Statistician on Monday 12th September. A survey of the main banks and other lending institutions showed that, in the year to 31st of May 2016, outstanding loans rose by £177 million. Total outstanding loans to the agricultural sector amounted to £2.20 billion. Accounting for inflation, this was an…

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