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In Slovenia, we cultivate slightly more than 0.08 hectares of arable land per capita, which is more than two times less than the average in the European Union, which is 0.20 hectares of arable land per capita. This area did not change significantly between 2000 and 2016, which indicates that Slovenia successfully maintains its production potential.


Agricultural land is a basic source of food security in the country. The indicator shows the area of arable land per capita and is calculated as the quotient between the area of arable land and the number of inhabitants.


Charts

Figure KM27-1: Arable area per capita in Slovenia and European Union in the period 2000–2016
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Slovenia[ha] EU 28[ha]
2000 0.09 0.22
2001 0.09 0.22
2002 0.08 0.21
2003 0.09 0.21
2004 0.09 0.21
2005 0.09 0.20
2006 0.09 0.21
2007 0.09 0.20
2008 0.09 0.20
2009 0.09 0.20
2010 0.08 0.20
2011 0.08 0.20
2012 0.08 0.20
2013 0.08 0.20
2014 0.08 0.20
2015 0.08 0.20
2016 0.08 0.20
Figure KM27-2: Change of arable land per capita in Slovenia and the countries of the European Union in 2000, 2010 and 2016
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2000[ha] 2010[ha] 2016[ha]
Malta 0.02 0.02 0.02
Netherlands 0.06 0.06 0.06
Belgium 0.08 0.08 0.08
Slovenia 0.09 0.08 0.08
United Kingdom 0.11 0.10 0.09
Irland 0.28 0.10 0.09
Portugal 0.17 0.11 0.09
Cyprus 0.13 0.10 0.10
Luxembourg 0.16 0.12 0.11
Italy 0.15 0.12 0.11
Germany 0.14 0.14 0.14
Austria 0.17 0.16 0.15
Greece 0.20 0.17 0.19
Croatia 0.19 0.21 0.21
Czech Republic 0.30 0.24 0.24
Slovakia 0.27 0.25 0.25
Slovakia 0.29 0.28 0.26
Spain 0.33 0.27 0.27
France 0.30 0.29 0.28
Poland 0.37 0.29 0.28
Finland 0.42 0.42 0.41
Denemark 0.46 0.44 0.42
Romania 0.42 0.45 0.43
Hungary 0.44 0.43 0.44
Bulgaria 0.42 0.43 0.49
Estonia 0.60 0.48 0.52
Latvia 0.41 0.55 0.65
Lithuania 0.48 0.68 0.74
European Union 0.22 0.20 0.20

Goals

In the Resolution on Strategic Directions for the Development of Slovenian Agriculture and Food until 2020 - "Zagotovimo.si food for tomorrow" (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 25/11), one of the strategic goals is the sustainable use of production potentials and the provision of agriculture-related public goods.

The Strategy for the Implementation of the Resolution on the Strategic Orientations of Slovenian Agriculture defines that the basic task of agriculture is the production of safe and quality food, for which it is important to maintain soil and water quality as well as the quality and volume of the best agricultural land. Agricultural land is a natural asset important for food production, environmental protection and water, but it also affects the image of the cultural landscape, its aesthetic and natural value and, last but not least, rural settlement.

 

The Strategy defines the operational objectives for maintaining soil fertility and the production potential of agricultural land:

-   Protection of the best agricultural land against permanent changes in intended use and

improvement of the productive potential of land.

-   Improving the ownership and size structure of farms.

-   Directing agricultural land to those who will cultivate it themselves.

-   Protection of agricultural land from degradation, pollution and wasteful use.

-   Prevention of overgrowing of agricultural land.

-   Construction of new and technological modernization of existing irrigation systems.

The key goal set out in the Strategy is to provide 350,000 ha of permanently protected agricultural land by 2020.


Methodology

Source data base
Statistical office of Republic of Slovenia
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Source data base
EUROSTAT
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