UK's place in European growing laid out in new EU report

The UK lies in fifth place for agricultural production in the EU, only slightly above the Netherlands which has barely a quarter of the population, according to new official Eurostat data.

Image: Aaron Perkins
Image: Aaron Perkins

The document also reveals that

  • the UK is the EU's biggest carrot grower, accounting for 15 per cent of production, with volumes stable at 700-800,000 tonnes a year since 2000;
  • around two-thirds of the EU's 16.8 million tonnes of tomatoes produced in 2014 came from Italy and Spain, with the UK accounting for barely half of one per cent of the total;
  • the UK grows just one-eighth the volume of apples of the EU's largest apple grower, Poland;
  • the fall in the UK's organic farming area between 2013 and 2014 was second only to Bulgaria's, and puts the UK below Austria in organic area;
  • the EU's total organically farmed area actually rose by 2.3 per cent over the period;
  • The UK accounts for less than 5 per cent of pesticide sales in the EU, and is a relatively sparing user, lying 20th out of 28 in the table of kg per ha applied.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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