Fewer, but bigger farms in Flanders

12th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The number of farms in Flanders has declined in the past decade by 28 percent, while the average size of farms has increased.

12 July 2006

BRUSSELS — The number of farms in Flanders has declined in the past decade by 28 percent, while the average size of farms has increased.

The Flemish Agriculture Report also revealed on Wednesday that some 67,000 people were employed by farms in 2005.

The report also indicates that very few farmers have a successor ready to follow in their footsteps. Just 13.7 percent of farmers older than 50 has a definite successor.

But Flemish Agriculture Minister Yves Leterme still believes there is a future for the farming sector, news service VRT reported.

He said arable farming and market gardening accounts for 10 percent of Belgian exports. Belgium is also ranked in the top 10 for many products when it comes to exports.

However, the agriculture sector must become more professional and take into account globalisation and the environment.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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