Knight Frank's farmland index reported a 7 per cent increase in prices in 2013 to reach an average of just under £6,700 per acre, and further growth is expected in 2014. Large blocks of investment grade arable land now regularly sell for over £10,000 an acre in the UK. In the past ten years, average values have increased by 22 per cent. This compares with a rise of 58 per cent for the FTSE 100 and 132 per cent for prime central London residential property.
Investors favour farmland because of its stability and tax incentives. A shortage of supply is also driving up prices, while growing global demand for food makes it an attractive long-term investment.