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Poor Weather Hits Scotlands Harvest

16 October 2012

SCOTLAND, UK - Bad weather across much of Scotland has had an adverse effect on this year’s harvest, statistics published yesterday have shown.

The First Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2012, published today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, shows that both overall production and average yields are expected to decrease.

The figures show that:

  • Cereal production is expected to decrease by 354,000 tonnes (12 per cent) to 2.5 million tonnes
  • Average yields are expected to decrease by 14 per cent to 5.5 tonnes per hectare

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “This has clearly been a difficult harvest for many parts of Scotland and has also been much later than normal. With cereal yields and quality expected to be lower than usual, there is no doubt that this is a tough time for Scotland arable farmers.

“In an effort to mitigate the impact and ease any cash flow difficulties, we are working hard to ensure as much of the Single Farm Payment as possible can be paid in December.

“We will continue to monitor the impact of the wet weather on our farmers and wider rural communities. Our farmers and crofters form the backbone of many rural economies – helping to put food on our plates and managing the magnificent landscape for which we are so famed – and we will work with them to help them to adapt to challenges that they may face.”

These provisional estimates are based on industry reports in consultation with an expert panel of industry bodies and Scottish Government representatives. The final Scottish harvest estimates will be published in December 2012.

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