NFU guide - State of the Farming Economy

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The NFU's economic intelligence team has produced a new State of the Farming Economy briefing for April 2019.

The document provides a snapshot of the state of the farming economy including the current economic and farming situation in a post-Brexit economy. It also gives an insight into the medium-term prospects for the food and farming sector and why agriculture is important to the national economy.

What's in the briefing?

  • Updated commodity price analysis and outlook
  • The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the three months to February  2019
  • UK inflation increased to 1.9% in February, but still below the Bank of England’s 2% target
  • The number of people employed in the UK reaches a record high of 32.7 million people
  • Real wage growth stands at 1.4% - the strongest rate it has been in more than 2 years
  • UK grocery sector remains in growth with sales of 1.4% in the 12 weeks to 24 March 2019
  • UK food and drink exports are up 2.5% to £22.6bn in 2018
  • Updated data shows agri-food sector contributed £121.7 billion to the UK economy in 2017
  • Number of people employed in the agri-food sector hits 4 million in Q3 2018

Read the latest State of the Farming Economy briefing here (for our members – you’ll need to login).

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Last edited on: 18:02:2019

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  • Posted by: Giles SturdyPosted on: 18/05/2017 15:16:00

    Comment: The most striking graph is the one showing the decline in the percentage of food consumed in UK and produced here, down from 78% in 1984 to 61% in 2015. To reverse this trend and improve the productivity of UK agriculture should surely be our first priority for a post Brexit agricultural policy. Balance of Payments considerations as well as food security should be the drivers. We were only 40% self sufficient in 1939. The post war agricultural policies sent UK agriculture forward. We have now lost much of that progress.

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