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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Soft fruit growing areas well above ten-year average

A chart showing a breakdown of the area used to grow various soft fruits from 2010-2020.

Over the past year, the total soft fruit growing areas increased by seven per cent. The estimated total area was 2,200 hectares. This is 14 per cent higher than the ten-year average. Strawberries are the most popular grown fruit, followed by blackcurrants and raspberries.

Area of soft fruit

2,200 hectares

Most fruit is grown under cover in either glasshouses or walk-in plastic structures called 'Poly-tunnels'. This allows for a much longer growing season and almost 77 per cent was grown this way in 2020.

The area used to grow strawberries, blackcurrants and other soft fruits, such as blueberries and tomatoes, increased. 

The area used to grow raspberries, which require the most skilled pickers, continues to fall. 



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