Agriculture and rural development

Combine harvester in fieldFood, drink and agriculture are a significant part of North East Scotland's economy, with more than 22,000 people employed in the sector:

  • 51% in agriculture
  • 32% in food manufacturing
  • 11% in fishing
  • 6% in drinks and beverages

The north east accounts for less than 12% of Scotland’s agricultural area but produces over 20% of Scotland’s agricultural output. For specific sectors of agriculture the north east has high shares of activity: 

  • 33% of cereals
  • 29% of beef cattle
  • 57% of pigs
  • 32% of oilseed rape
  • over 33% of Scotland’s beef cattle
  • 60% of Scotland’s malting barley 

Agricultural and its associated industries are an important sector for our area and we are committed to supporting its development.

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You can also email our Industry Support Executive (rural and maritime) at

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