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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Planted potato area remains steady 

A chart showing a breakdown of the total planted area of potatoes from 2010-2020.

The area used to grow potatoes remained relatively stable over the past year, at 28,300 hectares. This is two per cent below the ten-year average. Although the total area remained steady, there was a decrease in seed (planting) potatoes and an increase in ware (eating) potatoes.

Area used to grow potatoes
28,300 hectares

Scotland has a reputation for growing high quality potatoes, particularly seed potatoes. Scottish seed potatoes are sold all over the world and a register of seed potato producers is kept by Scottish Agricultural Science Agency (SASA).

The area of planted seed potatoes fell by four per cent to 12,000 hectares, whilst the area of planted ware potatoes rose by two per cent to 16,300 hectares.



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