Latvia


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AGRICULTURE

 

Latvia has a surface of 64,600 km or 6,500,000 hectares. It is a country rich in natural resources and it has a good position for dairy products and meat exports. The independence in 1991, paved the way for privatizations and for the opening of the market.
Today, Latvia is an emerging country which attracts numerous investors. The Lettish agricultural policy is based on an export development.


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

2 286

Agricultural population

245

Non agricultural population

2 041

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

1 582 000

Irrigated surface area

20 000

Number of farms

128 670

Number of tractors

55 294

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Wheat 677 194 3495
Potatoes 658 45 14595
Sugar beet 520 14 38511
Barley 357 146 2450
Rapeseed 146 71 2041

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Chickens 3450
Turkeys 600
Pigs 436
Cattle 371
Rabbits and hares 136

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
2 356 147 485 764

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT