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UK Farming Statistics

31 July 2015

UK July 2015 Farming and Food BriefUK July 2015 Farming and Food Brief

UK Farming Statistics

Headline Summary

The monthly farming and food brief summarises the latest statistical and economic information relating to the agricultural sector. In particular, it highlights the results of recently published evidence and research.

Food prices continue to fall

Year on year food prices have continued to fall, with an annual rate of inflation of -2.2 per cent in the year to June 2015, according to official figures released on 14th July 2015. General inflation is 0.0 per cent, down from 0.1 per cent in May.

Organic Farming

In 2014, the United Kingdom had a total area of 548,600 hectares of land farmed organically (i.e. the fully converted area and area under conversion), down from 576,000 hectares in 2013. Since 2008 when the area of land farmed organically peaked, the organically farmed area has declined by 26 per cent. The organically farmed area represents 3.2 per cent of the total utilised agricultural land area in the United Kingdom. The area in conversion continued to decline in 2014 though the decline has slowed in the last four years compared to the period between 2007 and 2010. 

Volumes of Exports and Imports of Food, Feed and Drink

The overall volume of exports of food, drink and animal feed hardly changed in 2014 compared to 2013. Over the longer term the volume of exports is rising and in 2014 was 28% higher than in 2005. The volume of imports of food, drink and animal feed rose by 15% between 2005 and 2014, just over half as much as the percentage rise in exports. In 2015 from January to May the volume of imports was down by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2014.

UK average farm gate milk price continues to fall

The average farm gate milk price fell by 0.37p per litre in June to 23.7p per litre. This is 8% lower than in June 2014. 

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