Agriculture in Scotland

Agriculture in Scotland employs around 5% of the workforce of the rural regions and contribute to around 1.3% of the GVA [ [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/agriculture Agriculture in Scotland] ] . Other studies suggest the employment rate to be around 8% of the total rural population, and in terms of numbers the estimates indicate that around 68,000 people are directly employed or self-employed in agriculture while around 200,000 people are related to a variety of activities related to agriculture. Some more facts pertaining to agriculture in Scotland is summarized below [ [http://www.archive.official-documents.co.uk/document/scottish/r-scot/c4b23.htm Rural Scotland People, Prosperity and Partnership] ] :

*Agriculture contributes the annual gross output of around £1,800 million;
*In Higlands and Islands, around 10% of the workforce are engaged in agriculture; and
*Livestock and livestock products contribute around 70% of the output;

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