In 2016, 16% more main area was intended for market vegetable production than in 2013.
The number of market horticultural producers increased by 3% over 2013 and the area by 20%
With the Census of Horticulture, which is conducted every three years, the Statistical Office collects data on commercial production of strawberries, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, seedlings of vegetables, strawberries and crops, seeds of fodder plants and vegetables, and herbs, aromatic plants and medicinal plants.
A comparison of data on areas intended for market horticulture production by regions reveals major differences compared with data from 2013. The biggest increase was recorded in the Pomurska and Goriška regions, where the area intended for horticultural production doubled. Other regions followed the upward trend, except the Obalno-kraška and Savinjska regions, in which the area decreased.
Production jumped the most in the category of vegetables, which were sown on 1,836 hectares of main area (16% more than in 2013) and produced by as many as 1,264 producers. An average a horticultural producer produced vegetables on 1.4 hectares or 7% more than in 2013. Because due to successive sowing the same area was used several times, the production area intended for horticultural production was 2,250 hectares.
The largest jump recorded in the area planted with root and bulbous crops
The insight into the structure of horticultural production area reveals that the largest group of cultivated vegetables is still cole crops, of which the largest area was intended for white cabbage production (385 ha). Together cole crops were cultivated on 523 hectares, or almost a quarter of total area intended for market vegetable production. The largest jump was recorded in the production of bulbous vegetables (by 59%), mostly on account of onion (252 ha), and root vegetables (by 57%), mostly on account of carrot (144 ha). The area planted with garlic increased by 45% to 97 hectares. Salad crops were cultivated on 395 hectares, which is 21% less than in 2013; endive was cultivated on half of the area compared to 2013.
The number of commercial producers of flowers and ornamental plants almost a quarter lower
The number of commercial producers of flowers and ornamental plants decrease by almost a quarter; 279 of them were cultivating 164 hectares of production area. The biggest decline was recorded in the category of perennials and woody plants, which includes ornamental nurseries. The area planted with them decreased by 40%; in 2016 they were cultivated on 102 hectares. The structure of production area of individual categories within flowers and ornamental plants did not change much.
Table 1: Market production, Slovenia