|Categories||Grasslands and green fodder||Arable farming||Horticulture|
In 2018, the total organic area in the Netherlands amounted to more than 58 thousand hectares. This is equivalent to 3.3 percent of the country’s total agricultural area. Most of this organic area is grassland which is used for dairy farming, among other activities. This area increased by 0.8 percent in the span of twelve months and by 19 percent in the span of six years to over 40 thousand hectares. Last year, the organic horticultural area grew by more than half relative to 2012.
|Bovines, total||Mature dairy cattle||Sheep||Goats||Pigs||Chickens|
Rise in organic livestock herd mainly in goats
In 2018, the organic livestock herd increased by 10 percent to over 3.9 million animals. Of the total Dutch livestock herd in the Netherlands last year, 3.4 percent was organically reared; in 2017, this share still amounted to 2.9 percent. The organic goat population rose in particular last year: by one-quarter to a total of 55 thousand animals. At the same time, the number of organic pigs rose to 97 thousand, an increase of 6 percent. The population of organically-reared laying hens went up by 11 percent to 3.6 million. In 2017, there were still 3.2 million organic laying hens. The organic dairy herd remained at more or less the same level.
Relative to 2012, the number of organic goats in particular increased: by more than double in the span of six years. The sheep population decreased by one-third over the same period.
Organic crop area increased by 8 percent
In 2018, 0.7 percent of the total Dutch agricultural area was occupied by organic crop farming. In total, this involved an area of 11.7 thousand hectares, 8 percent more than one year previously. The larger part of the organic crop area is devoted to vegetable production (46 percent), followed by production of cereals (30 percent) and potatoes (14 percent). The largest growth in the span of twelve months was in fallow land area.