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UK: Value of flowers and plants increased while overall value of crops fell

In a report that was published by the UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, the first estimate of total income from farming in England and each of the English regions for 2016 were presented. These statistics show the trends in total income from farming and the contribution that the agricultural industry makes to the regional economy.

Interesting to extract from this report is the fact that the value of vegetable and horticultural crops increased by 7 percent from 2,110 in 2015 to 2,258 in 2016, while in England the overall value of crops fell by £370 million to £6,993 million (it accounted for 41% of the total value of agricultural output). When looking at the value of plants and flowers they increased slightly by 0.5 percent from 1,077 in 2015 to 1,130 in 2016.

In all regions where plants and flowers are one of the greatest contributors to value of gross agricultural output, we see an increase when comparing 2015 to 2016. In general, the report shows an increase of around five percent per region; In North West region the value of gross agricultural output increased by 5.3 percent, in East Midlands region by 4.9 percent, in West Midlands region by 5.7 percent, Eastern region by 4.8 percent and South East (incl London) region - a region where plants and flowers are the greatest contributors to value of gross agricultural output - by 5.1 percent.

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