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1334: Irrigation and the local economy in East Suffolk

This paper reports a research study undertaken by Cranfield University (Steph Pullen and Jerry Knox) with support from Peter Youngs and the East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group (ESWAG). Further information is available from Peter Youngs

Year of Publication2011

Over 90% of agricultural output in East Suffolk (£51 million) comes from growing irrigated fruit and vegetables and it contributes about £13 million into the local economy through employment. If irrigation stops and farmers grow cereals instead, then estimates suggest that production value could fall to about £11 million and local employment to £1.7 million.

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