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>>> In 2017, there were record productions to 9 crops, including corn, wheat, colza and sunflower
By Theo Moreni
The EU-28 agricultural output was lower by 2.8% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a Eurostat report of 22 November 2017. Last year, 2016, the countries with the highest total agricultural output were France (73 billion or 17% of the total EU), Italy (53.4 billion or 13%) and Germany (52.9 billion euros or 13%). The following places were: Spain (€ 46.8 billion or 12%), Great Britain (€ 27.9 billion or 7%), the Netherlands (€ 27 billion or 7%), Poland (€ 22.4 billion or 6%) and Romania (15.4 billion euros or 4% of the total EU).
In 2016 compared to 2015, the value of agricultural production has evolved differently among EU Member States. In absolute terms, the largest increases were recorded in Slovakia (10.7%), Poland (4.6%), Hungary (4.1%), Czech Republic (3.5%) and Croatia (3.4 %). On the other hand, the largest decreases in the value of agricultural production were recorded in Estonia (minus 19.8%), Latvia (minus 8.3%), France (minus 6.5%), Denmark (minus 5.4 %) and Slovenia (minus 5.2%).
The 2.8% decrease in the value of EU agricultural production in 2016 compared to 2015 was mainly due to a fall of 3,3% in the value of livestock production as a result of the 4.9% decline in prices partially compensated with a 1.7% increase in volume.
The value of plant production fell in the EU by 2.5%, as prices fell by 1.8% and the volume decreased by 0.7%. The 13.5% decrease in cereal production was partially offset by a 23.5% increase in potato production.
In the case of Romania, the value of agricultural production increased by 0.9% in 2016 compared to 2015, mainly as a result of the 4.7% increase in the value of agricultural services. The value of animal production decreased by 5% and the value of agricultural crops increased by 3.6%.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in 2017 Romania recorded historical records of nine crops, including corn, wheat, rapeseed and sunflower
The Minister of Agriculture has repeatedly stated in the public space that "the year 2017 is an exceptional, unprecedented one, with historical productions" in maize, wheat, colza, peas, barley and sunflower and other three agricultural crops.
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