Agricultural nitrogen surplus higher after summer drought of 2022
In 2022, the agricultural nitrogen surplus, i.e., that part of excess nitrogen which is not fixed in animal and plant products, increased by 6.5 percent year on year to a total of 312 million kg.
Household and farm water usage surged in 2018
In 2018, drinking water consumption by Dutch households increased by 7 percent relative to one year previously. The agricultural sector used considerably more water than in 2017 (150 percent).
Sugar beet harvest in Europe down
In 2018, sugar beet yields were lower in nearly all countries of the EU-28 than one year previously. In the Netherlands, the yield per hectare was down by 18 percent.
Increased cultivation of protein crops
The agricultural area utilised for the cultivation of protein crops in the Netherlands stood at 9 thousand hectares in 2018,, an increase of 38 percent relative to 2008 (5.6 hectares).
Pumpkin production: fewer patches, more exports
In 2018, one-quarter of the 754 ha of pumpkin cultivation area is in Flevoland province. The total pumpkin cultvation area has declined in most provinces. Pumpkin trade was slightly higher...
More sustainable cocoa processed
An increasingly large proportion of cocoa purchased by Dutch cocoa processing companies is certified sustainable according to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.