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Farmers

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farmers who have left the agricultural sector in each of the last 10 years. (74501)

Figures from the Agricultural and Horticultural Survey indicate labour on agricultural holdings in June each year. These figures therefore show net change only in the number of farmers.

Number of farmers in England

Full time

Part time

Total

1996

207,807

1997

206,421

1998

118,297

89,859

208,156

1999

114,068

89,294

203,362

2000

107,029

113,902

220,931

2001

106,886

126,942

233,828

2002

103,782

121,739

225,520

2003

100,468

118,655

219,123

2004

98,122

126,240

224,362

2005

97,879

125,082

222,961

Notes:

(a) Figures prior to 2000 are for main holdings only. Figures from 2000 onwards include all holdings. A minor holding has to meet all of the following conditions:

(i) the total area less than six hectares

(ii) the labour requirement is estimated to be less than 100 standard person days

(iii) there is no regular full-time farmer or worker

(iv) the glasshouse area is less than 100 square metres

(v) the occupier does not farm another holding.

(b) Number of farmers includes partners, directors and spouses (if working on the holding). Part-time and full-time split not available for 1996 and 1997.

(c) Estimates have been made for non-respondents.

Source:

June Agricultural Survey

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in (a) dairy farming, (b) beef farming, (c) sheep farming, (d) arable farming, (e) mixed farming and (f) other forms of farming in Gloucestershire in (i) 1980, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000 and (iv) 2005. (74502)

The number of employees on holdings by farm type in Gloucestershire are as follows:

Farm type

1990

2000

2005

Cereals

679

543

586

General cropping

355

223

165

Horticulture

598

495

690

Pigs and Poultry

171

122

100

Dairy

749

401

359

Cattle and sheep (less favoured areas)

0

0

0

Cattle and sheep (lowland)

553

417

354

Mixed

636

376

364

Other types

366

342

214

All types

4,107

2,919

2,832

The number of farmers, partners, directors and spouses (if working on the holding) on holdings by farm type in Gloucestershire are as follows:

Farm type

1990

2000

2005

Cereals

484

625

706

General cropping

141

112

84

Horticulture

332

404

426

Pigs and Poultry

119

185

261

Dairy

870

701

587

Cattle and Sheep (less favoured areas)

0

0

0

Cattle and sheep (lowland)

1,270

1,687

1,764

Mixed

471

514

578

Other types

409

963

899

All types

4,096

5,191

5,305

Source:

June Agricultural Survey