Slovenia's organic farming control system rose again

After a few years the number of agricultural holdings in Slovenia for the organic farming control system rose againThe number of agricultural holdings in Slovenia for the system of control and certification was in 2012 by just over 13% higher than in 2011, while the number of new...

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Slovenia's organic farming control system rose again



Balkans.com Business News Correspondent - 12.07.2013

After a few years the number of agricultural holdings in Slovenia for the organic farming control system rose again
The number of agricultural holdings in Slovenia for the system of control and certification was in 2012 by just over 13% higher than in 2011, while the number of new agricultural holdings in the system grew from 179 in 2011 to 417. Municipalities Koper and Piran have the highest number of new agricultural holdings. However, each year there is a certain number of agricultural holdings that are no longer in the system. In 2012 there were 98 such agricultural holdings. The number of agricultural holdings that abandoned the system was the closest to the number of newcomers in 2009.
Utilised agricultural area with organic farming represents just over 7% of total utilised agricultural area
Utilised agricultural area with organic farming increased in 2012 by more than 9%. Of all land use categories only olive groves increased substantially, by 100%. They represented 21% of all olive groves, but in any case these areas are small compared to other land use categories. They are followed by permanent grassland and orchards with 11% share of the total area in each land use category. Arable land with organic farming represented just over 2% of the total area of arable land.
The largest share within utilised agricultural area with organic farming in 2012 remained more or less the same as in 2011. The largest share remains in the category grassland (85%). Arable land represented almost 11%, orchards represented slightly less than 3%, and the remaining land use categories occupied less than 1% each. Olive groves, the area of which doubled in 2012, still occupy only half a per cent of total organic farming area.
Slovenia's Poultry in organic farming in 2012 is 78% larger than in 2011
The biggest growth in organic farming in 2012 was in poultry farming, by 78%, followed by fish with 64% and rabbits with 38%. After the growth by 22% in 2011, the number of beehives decreased by 3% in 2012. In Slovenia, the number of cattle and sheep remained more or less the same. Statistical Office


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