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Scottish farm business income (FBI): annual estimates 2016-2017

Published: 8 Mar 2018
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
Part of:
Economy, Farming and rural
This publication provides estimates of average farm business incomes for the accounting year 2016-17, which relates to the 2016 crop year.
8 Mar 2018
Scottish farm business income (FBI): annual estimates 2016-2017

In 2016-17, the average FBI for businesses in the survey was £26,400. This represents an increase of 94 per cent (£12,800) in real terms over the last year and a decrease of 46 per cent (£22,900) in real terms since 2011-12. When FBI is calculated without the addition of subsidy payments the value results in a loss of £14,900.

From the Farm Business Survey, 23 per cent of farm businesses made a loss and less than half of farm businesses (45 per cent) generated income roughly equivalent to less than the minimum agricultural wage (MAW), per hour of unpaid labour. This latter figure has decreased by 14 percentage points compared to the previous year.