Input costs cut EU income

EU-28 agricultural incomes fell in 2013, mainly due to an eight times higher increase in input costs (+0.8%) than in the value of the output of the agricultural sector (+0.1%), according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.

EU-28 real agricultural income per worker decreased by 1.3%, having increased 0.3% in 2012, according to Eurostat’s first estimates.

Total agricultural income fell 2.1%, but was shared by fewer workers, following a reduction in agricultural labour input (-0.9%).

These estimates for the EU-28 are based on data supplied by the national authorities in the member states.

Between 2005 and 2013, EU-28 real agricultural income per worker is estimated to have increased by 29.2%, while agricultural labour input has fallen by 20.8%.

Real agricultural income per worker in 2013 is estimated to have risen in 15 member states and fallen in 13. The highest increases are expected in the Netherlands (11.4%), Romania (10.4%), and Spain (10.0%), and the steepest fall in Estonia (down 17.2%).


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