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New players in organic agriculture

New players in organic agriculture
Source: IFOAM & FiBL

A report by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM titled “The World of Organic Agriculture Statistics and Emerging Trends 2021” shows that India leads the way in terms of its growth in organic farming. In the top-10 countries, there are 3 from Europe: France, Spain, and, perhaps most notably, Hungary. Although in total land area, the share of organic farming in Hungary is not particularly high (6%, the figure for neighbouring Austria is 26.1%), the increase in area of 93,800 hectares is significant. The number of Hungarian enterprises engaged in organic agriculture had reached 5,600 in 2019. With a total area of 6884 ha, Hungary is the world’s 12th biggest organic fruit producer, with the main products being elderberries (20%), walnuts (more than 40%), pomes (15-20%), sea buckthorn, cherries and sour cherries.

 

 

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German farmers expand organic production to serve growing demand

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German consumers have an insatiable demand for organic food, as borne out by the 6% increase in household income spent on organics in 2017. Production needs to adjust to this rising demand, which has seen consumer spending on organics exceed €10 billion. The strongest sales drivers are dairy, meat and dry organics. However, after years of little growth, Germany’s organic farming area started to grow once more in 2016, with an increase of nearly 15%. In total, 27,132 farms cultivate an eco-area of ​​1,251,320 ha, meaning that 7.5% of the country’s land is managed according to organic directives. The largest increases in organic agriculture in 2016 were recorded in Bavaria, accounting for over a third of the total area converted.