The AHDB has produced a Horizon report on the productivity challenge facing UK farming: Driving Productivity
British farmers are falling behind their competitors in terms of productivity. For example, the USA and the Netherlands have raised their annual agricultural productivity by 3.2 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively in recent years, while the UK has been limping along at 0.9 per cent.
The report argues that spending on research and development is heavily skewed towards 'blue sky' rather than 'near market' research and is heavily fragmented. There is also a lack of training with British farmers under investing in their skill base.