02 August 2021
10% rise in home-produced vegetables
LATEST DEFRA statistics published for 2020 reveal that the value of home-produced vegetables increased by 10% to just under £1.7 billion in 2020, and the volume of home production increased by 3% to 2.6 million tonnes.
The value of field vegetables increased, rising by 12% to £1.3 billion whilst the value of protected vegetables increased by 4.1% to £350 million.
The wet winter and dry spring had a negative effect on all vegetable crops, especially on heavy soils which became unworkable. Drought conditions improved toward the end of May. Through July and August, the hot weather and regular showers helped with crop growth and lockdown tended to increase fresh vegetable demand.