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More farmers are going organic with an almost 12% increase in the land being entered into conversion, according to the latest Defra figures. Increase in farmland under organic conversion

More farmers are going organic with an almost 12% increase in the land being entered into conversion, according to the latest Defra figures.

The latest Organic Statistics for 2020 from Defra show an 11.6% increase in certified organic land in conversion across the UK, a trend that has increased every year since 2014, with the exception of 2019.

Organic arable farming saw a 7% increase in 2020. This mirrors the performance across Europe where the number of producers and amount of organic land continues to rise in line with the EU’s ambition for 25% of all agricultural land to be organic by 2030.

The Soil Association said growing consumer demand for organic food was driving the uplift in farmers seeking conversion. It said the trend signalled growing confidence and interest in the organic sector.

For more on arable farming, read about Sentry Ltd’s hybrid rye yield here.