Figures show 86% of people in Scotland see farming as critical to economy
Figures published by the Scottish Government show 86% of a nationally representative online survey of 2345 Scottish adults said the sector is critical to the country’s economic success.
A total of 83% of the respondents also outlined their belief that farming provides an essential public service.
The statistics were published in a government report evaluating the public’s attitudes to agriculture, environment and rural development.
Alongside the online survey, a literature and evidence review, 15 interviews and two citizens’ forums were also carried out to gather public opinion. Those who participated in the forums agreed overall that farming provides a vital public service, while also suggesting Scottish agriculture helps make the country more self-sufficient.