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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, the average size of farms in Latvia was 37.8 ha, which is 9.6% larger than in 2010, when their average size was 34.5 ha, according to provisional data on the structure of Latvian farms.

The size of Utilised agricultural area (UAA) has increased by 7.0% in Latvia (from 21.5 ha in 2010 to 23.0 ha in 2013). The largest farms are found in Zemgale, where the size of the average UAA is 29.9 ha.

In 2013, there were a total of 81.8 thousand economically active agricultural farms. Since 2010, their number has decreased by 1.6 thousand. In 2013 agricultural farms owned a total of 1,201.2 thousand ha (64.0%) of the total available UAA in Latvia, which is 24.1 thousand ha more than there was in 2010. The proportion of rented areas was 34.3% of the total UAA (14.2% more than in 2010).

Last year Latvia had a total of 2,074.6 ha of UAA. 1,877.8 thousand were actually utilized. The size of utilized UAA has increased by 81.5 thousand (4.5%) when compared to 2010. Of the total UAA, 1 207.5 thousand ha was used as arable land, 650.8 thousand ha as meadows and pastures, 13 thousand ha – gardens. 6.5 thousand ha were used for perennial plantings.

Last year, an average farm utilized 14.8 ha of arable land (1.4 ha more than in 2010). The largest average areas of arable land were used in Zemgale and Kurzeme – 23.6 ha and 21.1 ha respectively. 35.6 thousand Latvian farms whose arable land area is smaller than 5 ha, utilized a total of 4.2% of the total area of arable land in the country. 3.9 thousand farms with arable land areas above 50 ha utilized 74% of the total arable land area available in Latvia.

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