East of England: Farm income fell in 2012 from previous year, but trend upward

The region's farm turnover went up in 2012 by a small percentage, but income fell back slightly.

The region's farm turnover went up in 2012 by a small percentage, but income fell back slightly. - Credit: Archant

Crops and livestock in the East of England enjoyed a turnover of £3.445billion in 2012, according to latest figures.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says the region made £1.933bn from crops, and £1.132bn from livestock in 2012, and that after input costs are taken into account, the region’s farm income was £845m - more than any other region in England.

Overall, the figures show the short-term trend for the region’s farm income is upwards, although it was down by about 4% on 2011 levels.

Turnover for the region was up by £46m, or 1.4%, on 2011, when it stood at £3.399bn. However, once costs or inputs are taken into account, farm income fell slightly from £883m in 2011.

The 4.3% drop in overall farm income in the region was affected by some increased input costs - although some items, such as seeds and fertiliser costs - fell from 2011 levels. At the same time, energy, chemicals and animal feed costs all went up.


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The gross value of farming to the region’s economy was estimated at about 1.1%.

Across England as a whole, agriculture’s turnover was £18bn, made up of £7.6bn from crops and £8.862 from livestock in 2012 and farm income was £3.802bn.

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