Agriculture in the UK

| Publication date: 26 May 2017 | External Author(s): Bailey, A; Davidova, S; Hotopp, U


Looking narrowly, agriculture in the UK is a small sector. According to the Office for National Statistics its share in GDP (% in total value added in GDP, Source: World Bank and OECD) was around 0.7% at the beginning of the second decade of 21st century. There are 380,000 employees in agriculture, forestry and fisheries (ONS, All in Employment by Industry, Jan – March 2017) working directly in the farming industry, with over 60% of these being owners, their spouses, business partners or directors. This number has hardly changed over the last few years, but the long term trend is towards a decline. 



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