Vegetables and other Crops
under 29,000 hectares in Scotland grew potatoes, representing
17% of the UK’s potato acreage.
• Scottish output is over a million tonnes, worth £104
• Potatoes are grown on more than 3700 holdings in Scotland.
• 25% of the holdings account for 77% of the potato acreage.
• Scotland’s farmers also produce over 131,000 tonnes
of oilseed rape worth over £19 million.
• Scottish producers produce 2400 tonnes of raspberries
and 4600 tonnes of strawberries.
• A total of 1600 hectares of fruit is grown on 520 holdings.
cereals, the two main crops produced in Scotland are potatoes
and oilseed rape. As well as seed potatoes, Scottish farmers grow
“ware” potatoes for human consumption.
vegetables” such as carrots are also grown, but these are
restricted to the very best land and are important locally.
Soft fruit production also tends to be concentrated in fertile
areas such as Tayside.
of us eat potatoes in some form every day, whether it be as crisps,
chips, mash or as whole potatoes! Strawberries and raspberries
from Scotland are famous worldwide and make the perfect summer
pudding! Oilseed rape can go towards producing oil for cooking
but also towards producing biodiesel which can be used as a more
environmentally friendly way to power vehicles.