In 2004, area devoted to organic farming (sum of organic and in-conversion area) covered 23,023 ha, which is almost ten times more than in the first year of the implementation of this agri-environmental measure (2,400 ha in 1999). The share of organic farming area in the total utilised agricultural area increased from 0.5 % in 1999 to 4.7 % in 2004.
The indicator presents area under organic farming. It comprises area where organic farming is already implemented and area in the process of conversion into organic production. The relative indicator is the share of organic farming area in the total utilised agricultural area. The indicator does not provide direct information on the environmental efficiency of the measure; rather, it indicates the reaction of agricultural holdings to the agricultural policy supporting this type of production.
Analiza stanja ekološkega kmetijstva v Sloveniji, MKGP, 1999-2007; Pridelki in površina, SURS, 1999-2007
|Organic farming area||ha||2400||5446||10828||13828||20018||23019||23169||26831||29322|
|Utilised agricultural area (UAA), total||ha||498591||508960||509624||505462||509709||490518||508759||490341||498577|
|Share of organic farming area in total UAA||%||0.5||1.1||2.1||2.7||3.9||4.7||4.6||5.5||5.9|
Area under organic farming, EUROSTAT portal.
The organic farming contribute to the production of better quality food, protection of the environment, and conservation of biodiversity. The Rural Development Programme of the Republic of Slovenia 2004–2006 (Official Gazette RS No. 116/2004), has set a target of 5 % of utilised agricultural area under organic farming by 2006 while according to the Action Plan for Development of Organic Agriculture in Slovenia (Government of the Republic of Slovenia, 24 November 2005) the targets for organic farming are 15 % of agricultural holdings or 20 % of utilised agricultural area by 2015.
Data for Slovenia
Data on area are taken from the register of organic farms with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (MAFF). The source of data on the total utilised agricultural area (UAA) for the calculation of the relative indicator is the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SORS). Data are updated on an annual basis. The indicator is fully coordinated with the indicator for the EU-15. Data by municipalities were acquired from the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Agricultural Markets and Rural Development (ARSAMRD) database where only area for which area-based payments for organic farming were granted is included (without in-conversion area).
Data for other countries
– Name of original database: IRENA Indicator Fact Sheet; IRENA 07: Area under organic farming
– Trustee Institution: EEA/IRENA with DG AGRI
Original data were acquired by the Organic farming questionnaire on Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91, sent to Eurostat by the EU-15 member countries on a yearly basis, but published with considerable delay. Data includes organic farming and in-conversion area.