According to the latest government statistics, the value of protected edible crops in the UK rose by more than five per cent, despite a two per cent fall in production volume.
Production of protected vegetables fell in 2019 to 269,000 tonnes, with the area used falling by 0.5 per cent to 799 ha: the fourth year in a row that protected vegetable production has fallen since production peaked in 2015. The value of protected vegetables increased by 5.1 per cent to £335 million, an increase of £16 million over the previous year.
Overall, the value of home-produced vegetables increased by 3.9 per cent to just under £1.5 billion in 2019, while the volume of home production decreased by 1.8 per cent to 2.4 million tonnes. There was an increase in the value of field vegetables of 3.5 per to £1.1 billion, an increase of £39 million.
The value of home-produced fruit rose to £875 million, an increase of 9.7 per cent compared to 2018, with production volumes falling 6.5 per cent at 683 thousand tonnes. UK ornamentals were worth £1.4 billion in 2019, an increase of 2.7 per cent compared to 2018.
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