Vegetable area falls while stock-feeding crops increase
Area used to grow vegetables for human consumption : 18,900 hectares
Area used to grow vegetables for stock-feed : 16,800 hectares
The area used to grow vegetables for human consumption fell for the first time since 2011. Over the past year the area of vegetables reduced by two per cent to 18,900 hectares.
The area used to grow animal feed increased for the first time since 2011. In the past year the total area of vegetables for stock-feeding rose by five per cent to 16,800 hectares. This may be in response to an ongoing shortage of other stock-feed.