Six per cent drop in UK commercial field vegetable and potato growing area this year

Field vegetables - image:HW
Field vegetables - image:HW
A reduced area of 116,000 hectares were used to grow field vegetables and salads this year, a 6 per cent fall from 2012, new figures from Defra show.

Such crops account for 71 per cent of the 163,000ha given over to horticultural crops in total. The areas of orchards, hardy nursery stock and glasshouse crops also showed slight falls, while soft fruit rose nearly 3 per cent, to almost 10,000ha.

Potatoes, reckoned separately in the figures, also showed a 6 per cent fall in area. "Other arable crops" meanwhile rose nearly 15 per cent.

The data is collected in the June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture, carried out by the four UK agriculture departments.

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