Romania has lost 1.2 million hectares of arable land since 2003 reveals census

Newsroom 29/06/2011 | 15:44

Romania’s arable land area has shrunk by 1.2 million hectares since 2003 to about 8.2 million hectares in 2010, according to the 2010-2011 agriculture census presented this week by agriculture minister Valeriu Tabara.

“Presently, we can no longer talk of 9.4 million hectares of arable land, but about 8.1 to 8.2 million hectares. If we consider the general agricultural census in 2003, we can see that basically, in less than ten years, Romania’s arable land has decreased by nearly 1.2 million hectares – and this is not just any area, “said Tabara.

An average Romanian farm uses 3.45 ha of land. Individuals use just 1.91 ha of land on average while for farms with legal personality the area reaches 190 ha. Tabara explained that measures should be taken to support individuals to create farms with a surface similar to that of farms which are run by companies.

There are 3.85 million farms in Romania, out of which only 31,000 have legal personality.

Simona Bazavan

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