Defra records increase in average business income for production horticulture businesses in 2013/14

The average income of a UK horticulture business was 31% greater in the 2013-2014 financial period than the previous year, the latest government statistics have revealed.

Farm business income figures published by Defra this week show that the horticulture sector was one of the best-fairing sectors in the farming industry.

The statistics revealed, based on current prices, the average business income of a farm in the horticulture sector increased from £25,800 for the 2012-13 period to £33,900 for the 2013-2014 period.

This increase is in contrast to other sectors such as cereals, which saw its average farm business income fall by 27 percent.

Defra said that this was primarily due to a 6 percent fall in agricultural output and a similar increase in costs.

The dairy and pig sectors also saw their incomes rise.


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