Agricultural census, Slovenia, 2020
In 2020, almost a quarter of all land in Slovenia was used for agricultural production
According to provisional data of the Agricultural Census 2020, there were more than 67,900 agricultural holdings in Slovenia. Most of them were in the Podravska statistical region (16% or 10,789). In this region, the largest utilized agricultural area was cultivated (17% or 80,621 hectares).
According to provisional data of the 2020 Agricultural Census, there were 67,915 agricultural holdings in Slovenia. Their number was the largest in the Podravska statistical region (16% or 10,789) and the smallest in the Zasavska statistical region (3% or 1,715).
The largest decrease in the number of agricultural holdings over the ten-year period can be observed in the Pomurska statistical region (by 20%; from 8,890 in 2010 to 7,084 in 2020). Over the ten years, only in the Obalno-Kraška statistical region the number of agricultural holdings increased (by 13%; from 3,060 in 2010 to 3,468 in 2020).
The Pomurska statistical region had the highest share of utilised agricultural area in relation to the total area of the region (48%). The share was the lowest in the Goriška statistical region, where 13% of all land was used for agricultural production.
Over the ten years, the utilised agricultural area has relatively decreased the most in the Koroška statistical region (by 6%; from 21,163 hectares in 2010 to 19,898 hectares in 2020). In the Obalno-Kraška statistical region, the utilised agricultural area has increased by 14% (from 13,601 hectares in 2010 to 15,566 hectares in 2020).
In the Pomurska statistical region, arable land represents more than 84% of utilised agricultural area
In Slovenia, arable land represented 37% of utilised agricultural area (175,913 hectares). The share of arable land was the highest in the Pomurska statistical region, where 84% of utilised agricultural area was arable land (53,784 hectares). The share of arable land was the lowest in the Zasavska statistical region, where 8% of utilised agricultural area was arable land (1,883 hectares).
The area of arable land in Slovenia has increased by 3% over ten years (from 170,144 hectares in 2010 to 175,913 hectares in 2020). The largest relative increase in area was recorded in the Obalno-Kraška statistical region (by 24%; from 1,175 hectares in 2010 to 1,457 hectares in 2020). On the other hand, the largest relative decrease in the area of arable land was observed in the Koroška statistical region (by 9%; from 3,239 hectares in 2010 to 2,952 hectares in 2020).
In the Koroška statistical region, almost 86% of agricultural holdings were engaged in livestock breeding
In 2020, 66% of agricultural holdings in Slovenia were breeding livestock. The volume of livestock farming on agricultural holdings (measured by the total number of livestock units (LSU)) decreased by 3% from 2010 to 2020 (from 421,553 LSU in 2010 to 408,659 LSU in 2020). In the Primorsko-Notranjska region, livestock production increased by 19.7% (from 11,298 LSU in 2010 to 13,525 LSU in 2020). In the Pomurska statistical region the volume of livestock production decreased the most (by 12%; from 43,933 LSU in 2010 to 38,458 LSU in 2020).
Most cattle was breed in the Savinjska statistical region
In Slovenia, 476,347 cattle were breed on 28,471 agricultural holdings (42%). The number of cattle was the largest in the Savinjska statistical region (19% or 89 657) and the smallest in the Obalno-Kraška statistical region (1% or 2,935).
Since 2010, the number of cattle has increased by 1% (from 472,333 in 2010 to 476,347 in 2020).
Labour force on agricultural holdings
Labour force data were collected as a part of the agricultural census, but due to different methodology, they are not comparable with the data from previous surveys.
The total farm labour force in 2020 was 67,945 annual work units (AWU).
Number of agricultural holdings by statistical regions, Slovenia
1) Data recalculated according to the currently valid NUTS classification
2) Provisional data
The Agricultural Census 2020 is methodologically compliant with Regulation (EU) 2018/1091 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on integrated farm statistics and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1166/2008 and (EU) No 1337/2011. Member States can obtain data also from administrative data sources.
First data of the agricultural census, Slovenia, 2020 were published in March 2021.
More detailed provisional data on the Agricultural Census 2020 published in this release (without data on labour force) are comparable with the data form previous Farm Structure Surveys (2003, 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2016) and Agricultural Censuses 2000 and 2010. The data on the labour force for 2020 are not directly comparable with other data from the 2020 Agricultural Census (due to a different threshold).
Detailed final data on the Agricultural Census 2020 will be published by the end of March 2022.
The Agricultural Census is co-financed by the European Union, which is also determined by Regulation (EU) No 2018/1091.