Autumn Special 2014

Organic Farming in Estonia

Source: Organic World


 

The brochure "Organic Farming in Estonia" has just been published for the forth time. The latest facts and figures about organic farming in the country are revealed in this forth edition of the publication, Organic World reports. According to this brochure, 14 % of the agricultural land was farmed organically by the end of 2011. The Estonian Organic Farming Action Plan 2007–2013 and the Estonian Rural Development Plan 2007–2013 are contributing to the expansion of the sector. One of the main aims of the Organic Farming Action Plan is the development of organic processing and marketing and therefore making organic food much more widely available. (Picture: Cheese from Saidafarm in Estonia)


Organic land has expanded more than ten-fold since 2000. By 2011, the area managed according to organic guidelines amounted to more than 134,000 hectares, and 1,431 organic producers were active. The average size of farms was 94 hectares, and six of Estonia’s largest organic farms had over 1,000 hectares of land. In 2011, the organic farming register had a total of 127 organic food processors and traders. Organic products are sold mainly through specialised shops and direct sales, but are also more available in conventional stores now. Consumer interest to purchase organic food has increased considerably. More information can be found in the brochure „Organic Farming in Estonia 2011

Organic World
 

17.04.2012

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