In 2014 the number of agricultural holdings in the organic farming control system rose by 8% over the previous year
In 2014 there were 3,289 agricultural holdings included in the system of control and certification; 2,537 of them already had the status of an organic holding and the remaining ones were in the phase of conversion. Compared to 2013 the number of the former increased by 14% and the number of the latter decreased by 7%.
Utilised agricultural area with organic production increased in 2014 by 7%
In the organic farming control system, in 2014 utilised agricultural area with organic production covered 41.237 hectares or 8.6% of total utilised agricultural area. The highest increase over 2013 was in the area of organic permanent grassland (by 2,069 ha). Permanent grassland thus retained the major share of all utilised agricultural area in the organic farming control system (84%).
The organic crop products production increased substantially in 2014
On the organic utilised agricultural area the highest increases of production compared to 2013 were recorded in the production of green maize (155%) and of wheat and spelt (114%), followed by the production of maize for grains (72%). The production of organic vegetables increased by 16% (1,438 t) compared to 2013; of which the production of strawberries increased by 76% (27 t). Lower production was recorded only in oats (4%) and in olives (16%).
The number of animals in organic farming increased in 2014
The number of animals in organic farming increased in all categories except in bees; the number of beehives decreased by 10% compared to 2013. The highest increase was in poultry (by 31%) and the lowest in sheep (by 6%).
The extent of organic aquaculture decreased substantially in the number of fish compared to the previous year (39%). In 2013 there were 18,850 fish reared, in 2014 only 11,500. In the same period the number of mussels increased by 11%.
The weight of animals in organic farming in 2014 up by 13%
The weight of animals in organic farming slaughtered in organic slaughterhouses (dressed carcasses) increased by 13% compared to 2013. In the same period the production of milk of animals in organic farming increased by nearly 5%. The highest increase was in the category of cattle, while in other categories the number of heads and the milk production decreased – the biggest decrease was observed in goats. The increased number of heads in poultry resulted in increased weight (16%) and in an increased number of consumed eggs (12%) compared to 2013.
Together with the first release of the data for 2014, the data for 2013 on the SI-STAT Data Portal were revised. The figure on the poultry meat and the figure on the number of eggs for consumption in the table Organic Products of Animal Origin were corrected due to the revision at the administrative data source. The new figure on the poultry meat is now 11.7 t and the figure on the number of eggs for consumption is now 4.137.950.