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Farmers

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK in each year since 1979; and what proportion of the total workforce they made up. (144223)

The following table shows the number of farmers and total agricultural workforce in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and the proportion of the total UK workforce they made up for 1992-2006. These are the figures that are most readily available. Figures for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland fall under the jurisdiction of the devolved authorities.

Numbers of farmers and agricultural labour in Cornwall (inc. Isles of Scilly), the South West region and England

Farmers

As percentage of total UK workforce

Agricultural labour

As percentage of total UK workforce

(a) Cornwall

1992

10,027

0.0

15,509

0.1

1993

10,130

0.0

15,413

0.1

1994

9,950

0.0

15,157

0.1

1995

9,609

0.0

14,770

0.1

1996

9,665

0.0

14,827

0.1

1997

9,579

0.0

14,751

0.1

1998

9,706

0.0

15,251

0.1

1999

9,397

0.0

14,601

0.1

2000

10,612

0.0

15,612

0.1

2001

11,082

0.0

15,665

0.1

2002

10,499

0.0

14,808

0.0

2003

10,107

0.0

14,116

0.0

2004

10,467

0.0

14,461

0.0

2005

10,417

0.0

14,342

0.0

2006

10,418

0.0

14,246

0.0

(b) South West

1992

49,932

0.2

85,738

0.3

1993

50,921

0.2

86,211

0.3

1994

51,338

0.2

85,948

0.3

1995

49,891

0.2

83,510

0.3

1996

50,152

0.2

83,628

0.3

1997

49,888

0.2

83,039

0.3

1998

50,884

0.2

83,428

0.3

1999

49,996

0.2

80,686

0.3

2000

54,200

0.2

81,235

0.3

2001

57,202

0.2

83,489

0.3

2002

54,714

0.2

79,718

0.3

2003

53,061

0.2

76,205

0.3

2004

54,439

0.2

79,264

0.3

2005

54,732

0.2

79,023

0.3

2006

55,177

0.2

78,006

0.2

(c) England

1992

213,337

0.8

420,074

1.5

1993

216,094

0.8

417,619

1.5

1994

215,010

0.8

410,809

1.5

1995

208,050

0.7

400,887

1.4

1996

207,807

0.7

396,786

1.4

1997

206,421

0.7

393,105

1.4

1998

208,156

0.7

396,557

1.4

1999

203,362

0.7

379,018

1.3

2000

220,934

0.7

374,291

1.3

2001

233,738

0.8

386,732

1.3

2002

225,521

0.7

371,824

1.2

2003

219,123

0.7

354,381

1.2

2004

224,449

0.7

367,585

1.2

2005

223,008

0.7

364,891

1.2

2006

223,769

0.7

361,017

1.1

Notes:

1. Figures prior to 2000 cover main holdings only. Figures from 2000 onwards include main and minor holdings. A minor holding has to meet all the following conditions:

(a) have a total area of less than 6 hectares

(b) a total labour requirement of less than 100 standard person days

(c) no regular full-time farmer or worker

(d) a glasshouse area of less than a 100 square metres

(e) the occupier does not farm another holding

2. Estimates have been made for holdings not selected or not responding.

3. Office for National Statistics total labour force figures include all workforce categories (employed, self-employed, HM forces and Government supported trainees)

4. Agricultural labour force includes:

(a) principal farmers, spouses and business partners

(b) salaried managers, regular and casual/gang workers

5. Due to the introduction of new questions in 1998 figures prior to this year are not directly comparable with earlier years’ results.

5. Due to a register improvement exercise in 2001 labour figures prior to this are not directly comparable with later results.

Source:

June Agricultural Survey Office for National Statistics