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Czech Republic: Strong Increase of Organic Agricultural Land also in 2010

In 2010, the organic agricultural land increased by 12 percent in the Czech Republic. More than ten percent of the agricultural land is organic.



At present approximately 450'000 hectares of land are farmed organically, which represents 10.5 percent of the total agricultural land. In this respect the Czech Republic is above the EU average.

There are about 3'500 agricultural enterprises varying significantly in size, with predominantly grassland. However, the number farmers producing cash crops is increasing.

There are small organic farms e.g. of just five hectares, but also whole former cooperatives or state farms with acreage over 1000 hectares. The Czech Republic is the leader in the field of organic farming among new EU members. (In the European Union 4.7 percent of the agricultural land were organic in 2009). 

Every year on billion Czech Crowns or 40 million euros is paid in the form of subsidies to organic farmers.

A number of important events will take place in the Czech Republic in 2011: The International Conference on Food Quality and Health in Prague and the 3rd Scientific Conference on Organic Farming

The driving forces in development of Czech organic farming  are: subsidies paid within agro-environmental measures, the interest of traders in organic raw materials and development of the Czech organic market.

Further information


Karolína Dytrtová
Institute for Ecological Agriculture and Sustainable Landscape Development
Křížkovského 8
771 47 Olomouc
Czech Republic
Tel. +420 585 631 178
Internet www.bioinstitut.cz

3rd Scientific Conference

Third Scientific Conference

New findings in organic farming research and their possible use for Central and Eastern Europe

November 14 and 15, 2011
Prague, Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS)

First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research

First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research
May 18 to 20, 2011
Prague, Czech Republic


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