United Kingdom


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AGRICULTURE

 

British agriculture continues to suffer from the international embargo imposed by the European Union on its bovine products. Indeed, the European partners of The United Kingdom believe that the British government does not implement enough definite measures to eradicate the "mad cow" disease among British cattle and does not fight enough illicit exports of British bovine meat abroad.
All members of the bovine profession are also questioned by the consequences of the "foot and mouth disease".


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

59 648

Agricultural population

986

Non agricultural population

58 662

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

16 956 000

Irrigated surface area

170 000

Number of farms

286 750

Number of tractors

500 000

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Wheat 14877 1869 7960
Sugar beet 8500 148 57379
Potatoes 5815 137 42328
Barley 5533 944 5862
Rapeseed 1902 592 3210

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Chickens 149600
Sheep 35253
Cattle 10378
Turkeys 8300
Pigs 4851

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
144 679 553 797 4

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT