Bulgaria first in arable land expansion rate, Eurostat says

2011-10-12 11:46:37

Agricultural census shows arable lands in Bulgaria have increased by 24.7% up to 36.21 mln decares in the period 2003-2010. The Eurostat report reveals agricultural land plots in the country have seen the steepest growth rate compared to numbers in the other EU member states.

Bulgaria, however, ranks second in terms of shrinking agricultural holdings in the EU, too, the number of its farmlands dropping by 44.2% down to 371, 100 units. Estonia leads the chart with a 46.6% plunge in the count of farms. The paper indicates a 2% decrease in agricultural area and 20% decrease in agricultural holdings in all EU27 member states between 2003 and 2010 apart from Malta and Sweden.