Belgium


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AGRICULTURE

 

In the European Union, Belgium has the highest density of population after The Netherlands, and the most reduced surface, after Luxemburg.
In spite of a very important urbanization, Belgium keeps an extremely dynamic farming and horticultural sector which has succeeded to tap its means of production on a limited surface: soil, workforce, capital and know-how.


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

1 034

Agricultural population

164

Non agricultural population

10 176

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

1 394 000

Irrigated surface area

n.c.

Number of farms

51 540

Number of tractors

95 986

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Sugar beet 5983 86 17737
Potatoes 2781 65 31596
Wheat 1768 214 3067
Maize 634 54 11687
Apples 325 8 40913

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Chickens 35569
Pigs 6318
Cattle 2695
Ducks 235
Turkeys 215

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
2 634 21 437 1 160

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT