The European Commission considers productivity to be the most reliable long
term indicator of competitiveness, and the Scottish Government's aim of growing
the output of the Scottish agri-food industry to £12 billion by 2017 is
intrinsically based on a growth in productivity.
This research measured the productivity and efficiency of Scottish
agriculture and found that productivity growth has been reducing over the twenty
years since 1989, with the rate of slow down increasing over time. This
reduction predominantly reflects a large fall in output growth.
At the farm level, a more mixed picture emerges, with a downward trend in the
rate of efficiency of the specialist sheep sector, for example. The study
highlights a number of drivers of productivity which are particularly relevant
for Scotland and discusses a number of areas which need to be explored further
by both researchers and industry.
The full report from this research and a summary Research Briefing are
available in the download section.
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Raising the competitiveness of Scotland's agri-food industry