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The Agricultural sector accounts for less than 1% of the GDP, but is very productive.
Main crops are potatoes, beetroot, wheat and barley.
Livestock farming (especially sheep and cattle) continues to be a major agricultural activity, despite the crises of "mad cow" and "foot and mouth" diseases.
The fishing sector is also well developed but is currently suffering from the depletion of fish volumes in the traditional fishing areas.
The United Kingdom has considerable mineral resources.
Once the world's 10th biggest oil producer with huge natural gas reserves, its production is dropping fast.
Groups like BP and Shell continue to be amongst the global leaders in the petroleum industry