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UK farmers performing better than majority of EU

Staff writer ▼ | January 17, 2015
The UK was one of only eight European member states to post an increase in agricultural income per worker last year.
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First estimates released by the European Commission this week reveal that the average income per agricultural worker fell 1.7% across the EU last year.

The figures, which are made up of estimates from European member states, reveal a drop in income in the majority of member states. Finland was the worst hit with a 22.8% drop in income, due mainly to a 17.7% drop in the value of animal products.

The best-performing country was Slovenia where average incomes were up 13.3% due to a 11.8% increase in the value of animal products together with a 5.8% drop in production costs.

The UK was the fourth best performing member state, boasting a 6.9% increase in average incomes. The figures also revealed that the average value of agricultural produce across all member states was down 3.5% due mainly to a 6.1% reduction in the value of crops.

The reduction in the value of crops was driven by a 20.3% fall in the value of potatoes, a 10.3% drop in the value of fruit and an 8.9% drop in the value of cereals.

On a positive note, production costs were down 3.6% and energy costs down 3.1%.