HROC (agency) - Kubota
Farminguk
26 September 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


25 September 2012 10:28:22 |

Census shows need for CAP payments


The latest agricultural census in Scotland high lights the need for continuing Common Agricultural Policy coupled payments.
That was the message from Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead as he commented on the June 2012 Scottish Agricultural Census which was published today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.
For the first time the statistics include figures on the number of new entrants to the industry.
The figures show a decrease in the number of cattle, sheep and pigs although cereal areas increased.
Among the key points in today’s statistics were:
- Cereal areas increased by 10,600 hectares (2.4 per cent) to 457,700 hectares
- The poultry flock increased by 167,600 (1.2 per cent) to 14.69 million
- The number of cattle decreased by 15,500 (0.9 per cent) to 1.79 million
- The number of sheep fell by 65,200 (one per cent) to 6.74 million
- The number of people employed in Scottish agriculture rose to 68,400 – up 630
- 1,530 heads of farm businesses took up that position in the past ten years, with 32 per cent of them taking on their farm business in the past two years
“These are difficult economic times and the weather has also proved challenging for our farmers in recent months" Lochhead said.
“While the census shows declining livestock numbers this should not mask grounds for optimism as the figures also show an increase in young breeding cattle and young breeding pigs which will help livestock numbers in future years. However, the numbers do reinforce the need for continuing coupled payments and we will fight to ensure these vital payments remain part of the Common Agricultural Policy.
“Some producers have been telling me that they actually expected a fall in livestock numbers as many farmers have taken advantage of record prices at the marts.
"However, we need to maintain a healthy livestock sector and that means we need producers to have the confidence to plan for the long term.
“The increase in cereal areas was also particularly welcome and shows a move from winter to spring crops which was no doubt at least partly due to the very wet autumn in 2011 which meant some farmers had difficult in sowing winter crops.
“With harvest time upon us once again I know that many farmers are again facing weather-related challenges and I hope that we will now see a period of settled weather to allow the harvest to be completed.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Foreign investment in food raises fears over loss of control

Silver Fern Farms' controversial $260 million deal with Shanghai Maling received the final tick of approval from the government last week, based on its belief the purchase would be a substantial benef...


Denmark | 26 September 2016
Denmark and Malaysia signs agriculture deal

On 22 September Minister for Agriculture & Agro-based Industries, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and his Danish counterpart, Minister Esben Lunde Larsen, finally signed the Memorandum of Understanding ...


USA | 26 September 2016
California farmers drilling wells as groundwater limits loom

Farmers in central California are drilling more and deeper wells than ever before to pump water for their fruit orchards and sprawling fields following government imposed limits on surface water. T...


New Zealand | 26 September 2016
Fonterra profits jump 65% despite ongoing challenges in dairy markets

Despite ongoing challenges in the dairy market, Fonterra, the New Zealand-based co-op, has posted a 65% increase in profits for the 2015/2016 financial year. The co-op has seen net profits increase...


Romania | 26 September 2016
Romania may suspend farmland purchases by foreigners for three years

Romania may suspend farmland purchases by foreign individuals and companies for a period of three years if a draft law currently debated in the Parliament is approved. The new bill aims to set stri...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Labour will end the badger cull and prioritise ending bovine TB, Shadow Def...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A herd of rare White Park cattle could die out if its owners do not urgentl...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The UK government is "failing" to support farmers in the long-term accordin...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Retailer Co-op has announced that from May 2017 all of its bacon and lamb w...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Over 50 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock-take of all the UK's n...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

In the run up to the EU farm ministers meeting the agricultural sector have...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The RPA must iron out a number of problems that still exist with 2015 BPS p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Tourism businesses in the countryside are being held back due to the uncert...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A 24 point action plan aimed at revitalising Scotland's sheep sector after ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new survey has revealed that the vast majority of British consumers belie...


closeicon
Username
Password