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Farm Co-Operatives

Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many farm co-operatives there are in the United Kingdom; what is the size of acreage under these co-operatives; and what is the value of this output per year.

There are two categories of co-operatives in agriculture. Co-operative societies are registered under the

NumberOutput 1973–74
Mainly requisite co-operatives124308,343,000
Mainly marketing co-operatives431345,236,000
Mainly service co-operatives3342,821,000*
Unincorporated production groups500/600 (estimate)
* This includes NFU Mutual Insurance £37,127,000.
Information about acreages is not available.The latest available statistics are set out in a boklet published by the Plunkett Foundation for Co-operative Studies entitled "Agricultural Co-operation in the United Kingdom; Summary of Statistics 1973–74". I have sent a copy of this booklet to my hon. Friend and have placed a copy in the Library.