Potato’s big boost to farm incomes

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Increased production and prices boosted UK farming income to £5.6billion last year, according to new figures from Defra.

British farmers defied bad weather and a variable harvest to boost economic output by 15 per cent.

According to statistics, total income from farming rose by £743million between 2012 and 2013.

Output of top quality foods, such as potatoes, poultry, milk and barley rose, taking the value of overall output of crops to £9.4billion, a growth of 5 per cent, or £436million.

The biggest contributor was the value of the potato crop, which rose by £282million (38 per cent) to £1billion.