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Agriculture, forestry and f ishery statistics


2016 edition

Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics

2016 edition

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More information on the European Union is available on the Internet ( Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016 Web ISBN 978-92-79-63350-8 ISSN 2363-2488 doi: 10.2785/917017 N° Cat: KS-FK-16-001-EN-N

Print ISBN 978-92-79-63351-5 ISSN 1977-2262 doi: 10.2785/147560 N° Cat: KS-FK-16-001-EN-C

Theme: Agriculture and fisheries Collection: Statistical books © European Union, 2016 Reproduction of contents other than photo is authorised, provided that the source is acknowledged. Copyright for the photos: foreword © European Union; cover and chapters 1–4 © Miroslav Kukučka; chapters 5–7 © Fotolia, 2016 For reproduction or use of these photos, permission must be sought directly from the copyright holder. Printed in Belgium Printed on elemental chlorine-free bleached paper (ECF)


Foreword Agriculture uses almost half of the land area of the European Union, has a large impact on climate change and the environment, and many rural communities depend on agriculture. While the EU is self-sufficient, producing enough food for its population, trade (imports and exports) of agricultural products is an important aspect. The EU needs high-quality statistics to design, implement and monitor policies that benefit all citizens of Europe. In this context, Eurostat launched a major programme for the modernisation of EU agricultural statistics called the Strategy for Agricultural Statistics for 2020 and beyond, in close collaboration with EU Member States. The Strategy aims to meet today’s and tomorrow’s needs and requirements for European agricultural statistics with the stepwise introduction of two new, flexible and targeted legal frameworks. The proposal for the first regulation, Integrated Farm Statistics or IFS, was adopted by the European Commission in December 2016. It addresses the increased challenges in this area of statistics, which include changes in world agriculture due to globalisation, climate and social change, changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and other related EU policies. It will also tackle the need to modernise the collection and production of statistical data in reaction to technological progress, emerging data sources, and continued pressure on available resources. The Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics statistical book gives an overview of the EU’s statistics in these areas. It covers production data (such as tonnes of cereals, fish or wood) and includes a large and wide variety of indicators such as the size of farms and the prices of agricultural products, as well as data related to aspects that are relevant for the environmental features of agriculture (e.g. irrigation methods, use of pesticides, or wood used for energy). The emphasis is on the most recent data available. Moreover, for most indicators, time series are available so that data can be compared over time and between Member States. This edition also includes a contribution to the UN International Year of Dry Pulses with a special focus chapter on dry pulses in EU agriculture. You can find the content of this Statistical book, in a richer format, online in Statistics Explained, and the latest versions of the data can be downloaded from the Eurostat website. I hope you enjoy the statistical book.

Marcel Jortay Director, Sectoral and Regional Statistics

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