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Farmers: Copeland

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farmers in Copeland who have diversified into other business areas in the latest period for which figures are available. (175932)

Results from the Survey of Labour, Machinery and Diversification on Agricultural and Horticultural holdings 2005 for diversification in Copeland are given in the following table. These exclude businesses independent from the farm which do not use farm resources.

Farms which undertook diversification activity in 2005

Percentage

Copeland

20

England

21

The survey sample consisted of around 40 thousand farms in England, of which around 100 farms were from Copeland.

Note, these figures are likely to underestimate the levels of diversification since farmers tend to only record large diversification activities and may not record some activities due to the complexities of defining diversification.