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Number of economically-active farms shrinks 26.5%

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 Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, 83.1 thousand economically-active farms in Latvia managed 2 807.1 thousand ha of land, of which 1 787.2 thousand ha were utilised agricultural area.

Compared to 2007 Farm Structure Survey data, the number of economically-active farms has plummeted 26.5%, while the utilised agricultural area grew by 11.4 thousand ha or by 0.6%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau data

In 2010, on average 33.8 ha of land was managed per farm, which is 8.3 ha or 32.5% more than in 2007. The average utilised agricultural area in one farm has surged 36.9% – from 15.7 ha in 2007 to 21.5 ha in 2010.

Last year, the sown area of agricultural crops in economically-active farms counted in agricultural census comprised 1 002.8 thousand ha, of which 53.7% – cereals, 11.3% – industrial crops and 1.9% – potatoes.

In 2010, the average sown area per crop production farm accounted for 21.4 ha, which is 10.1 ha or 89.7% more than in 2007. The average area of cereals per one cereal production farm constituted 19.9 ha – an increase of 6.7 ha or 51.2%, compared to 2007.

On average the area of industrial crops per farm increased by 16.9% – from 48.4 ha in 2007 to 56.6 ha in 2010. Area of potatoes per potato production farm formed 0.7 ha –0.2 ha or 50% more, compared to 2007.

Last year, 48.8 thousand of economically-active farms ere engaged in livestock production. The average size of herd per livestock production farm comprised 11.2 cattle, of which 4.9 dairy cows. Compared to 2007, cattle herd per farm has grown by 2.8 animals or by 33.2%, while the number of dairy cows has risen by 0.7 animals or 17.4%.

The average size of pig herd per pig production farm accounted for 20.1 animal, which is 5.9 animals or 41.6% more, compared to 2007.

In 2010, the number of permanent workers in economically-active agricultural farms constituted 183.5 thousand – a decrease of 18.1%, compared to 2007. The number of permanently-employed workers at annual work units formed 88.5 thousand or 16.1% less than in 2007.

In Agricultural Census 2010, 91.7 thousand farms were surveyed, which is 86.8% of all economically-active farms in Latvia managing 98.2% of utilised agricultural area.

The Census gained information on 88.8 thousand farms or 96.9% of the surveyed farms, of which 83.1 thousand or 93.8% of farms were engaged in agricultural production or maintained land at good agricultural and environmental condition. Whereas 5.5 thousand or 6.2% of the counted farms leased out or sold their land, or were not engaged in agricultural production anymore. The information on 2.9 thousand or 3.1% of the farms was not obtained because respondents were not met or refused to provide information.


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