Date lodged: 20 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether average farm income has increased in real terms between 2017 and 2018, and, if so, by how much.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 4 October 2018
Information on farm incomes for 2018 is not yet available. First estimates for Total Income from Farming for 2018 will be published on the Government’s website in January 2019.
Initial estimates for Total Income from Farming for 2017 suggested a 34 per cent real terms increase in income in 2017, which, given the fairly constant number of farms means a similar increase in average farm income.
The latest estimates from the Farm Business Survey suggest that in the harvest year 2016-17, the average Farm Business Income for businesses in the survey was £26,400. This represented an increase of 94 per cent (£12,800) in real terms from 2015-16. Farm Business Survey data for 2017-18 will be published on the Government’s website in March 2019.
Statistics relating to farm incomes are available on the Government website at https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Agriculture-Fisheries/Publications .