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One-fifth of farmers plan to diversify

Discussion in 'Rural Diversification' started by The Business Barn, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. The Business Barn

    One in five UK farmers plans to diversify to remain financially sound after Brexit says new research.

    Conducted by NFU Mutual, the research found that of the 62% of UK farmers who have already diversified, over nine out of ten projects have been financially successfully, showcasing the increasingly important role of diversification in the sustainability of many farm businesses.

    Farmers with established diversification businesses were surveyed by NFU Mutual to gain insight into their experiences, as well as farmers currently solely involved in farming activities to understand their attitudes and plans for future diversification.

    The most common diversifications to date include:

    • Renewable energy (29%)
    • Property letting (15%)
    • Holiday lets (12%)

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  2. Andrew K

    Andrew K Member

    They need to loosen up planning rules a little, too much influence from poorly informed committees tends to frustrate applicants IMO.
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  3. Tom_o_m

    Tom_o_m Member

    I'm surprised it isn't more. Although there is a big gap between planning to diversify and actually diversifying. My folks planned to diversify right up until the time they sold up and retired.
  4. Wheat, Wheat, Bungalows for letting (y)
  5. Spud

    Spud Member

    I would say iro 80% of farms in this area already have some form of diversification, and have had for many years now
    Steevo likes this.

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