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Number of agricultural holdings in decline in Latvia; areas of managed agricultural land on a rise

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe number of medium-sized and large agricultural holdings had increased by 18.8% in 2013, altogether managing 63.6% of the total utilised agricultural area (hereinafter – AA). Which was 17.7% more than in 2010.

Compared to 2010 the total number of holdings in 2013 had decreased by 1.9%, while the utilised AA had grown by 4.5%. In turn, the number of small agricultural holdings compared to 2010 had decreased by 3.8% and their managed utilised AA – by 12.6%, according to data compiled by Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

The average size of agricultural holdings had grown from 34.5 ha in 2010 to 37.4 ha in 2013, or by 8.4%. Compared to 2010 the utilised AA on average per holding increased by 1.5 ha or 12.0%. The average number of livestock per agricultural holding also increased in 2013. One livestock-breeding agricultural holding was breeding 14 cattle (of which 7 dairy cows), 29 pigs, 25 sheep, 6 goats and 231 poultry. Compared to 2010, in 2013 the number of the agricultural holdings specialising in dairying had increased by 26.6% (in 2013 – 13.0 thousand), specialising in crop and livestock production – by 9.7% (in 2013 – 12.4 thousand), and in field crops – by 7.0% (in 2013 – 38.0 thousand).

In 2013, 43.9% of all holdings produced agricultural products for sale, which is 0.4% more than in 2010. Only 3.3% of holdings sold all of their produced agricultural products (compared to 2013 – an increase of 1.1%), and 9.5% of holdings sold up to 25% of the produced agricultural products (in 2010 – 11.5%).

In 2013, 80.4 thousand holdings or 98.4% of the total number of agricultural holdings were owned by one natural person, of which 36.8 thousand or 45.7% were women. 1.2 thousand or 1.5% of agricultural holdings were joint-property holdings.

The educational level of managers of agricultural holdings has grown. If in 2010 only 5.9% of managers had higher agricultural education, in 2013 this number accounted for 6.7%. The share of managers with only practical experience in agricultural works has declined from 61.5% in 2010 to 58.4% in 2013.

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