Scottish Agricultural Census: final results - June 2020

Final results from the 2020 June Agricultural Census on land use, crop areas, livestock and the number of people working on agricultural holdings. These results replace the provisional figures published on 6 October 2020.

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Area of rented land remains stable as shorter term tenancies increase

A chart showing a breakdown of the total area of tenanted land from 2014-2020.

The total area of tenanted land remained stable compared to 2019. The area of secure tenancies fell by three per cent, and the area of other tenancy types increased by four per cent. Newer, limited period tenancy arrangements have been increasing in recent years. These arrangements accounted for just over one third of all tenancy types in 2020. 

Area of rented land

1.29 million hectares

* More accurate tenancy data is only available from 2014 onwards, which is why we present a six-year average.

The area of rented croft remained stable. Over the longer term, the amount of rented agricultural land has fallen steadily over the past ten years from 26 per cent in 2010 to 22 per cent in 2020.



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