Organic farming

9% more organic farms in 2017

Agriculture & fishery
9% more organic farms in 2017

Organic farming continues to grow in Belgium. There were 8.8% more new farms with organic production and certified areas for organic farming or areas in conversion exceeded 80,000 hectares in 2017.

In Flanders, the number of cattle increased by 67.6%, mainly among the dairy cattle. In Wallonia, however, the different sectors of animal production have evolved at similar rates.

Finally, in both the North and South of the country, the organic poultry sector has been boosted by the increased number of laying hens.

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Organic farming in Belgium, 1987, 2005-2017

  1987 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Flanders
Number of producers 72 236 232 230 230 242 256 282 299 332 343 370 430 468
Area (ha) 417 3.153 3.267 3.497 3.492 3.659 3.822 4.563 4.939 5.042 5.042 5.343 6.960 7.367
Cattle   2.043 1.931 2.090 2.533 2.554 2.676 3.014 2.797 3.080 2.801 2.565 3.161 5.299
Pigs   1.576 2.810 2.002 2.217 2.098 1.672 1.908 2.098 2.918 1.842 3.452 4.578 6.428
Poultry*   175.854 188.340 202.197 205.224 233.804 264.376 357.631 346.731 344.704 364.061 409.097 458.036 517.775
Wallonia
Number of producers 37 497 571 622 671 779 884 980 1.090 1.155 1.287 1.347 1.493 1.625
Area (ha) 583 21.225 25.367 29.222 32.330 37.695 44.878 50.125 54.745 57.429 61.651 63.437 71.289 76.072
Cattle   31.144 30.843 36.275 40.467 51.522 61.333 66.062 69.690 73.134 73.642 77.704 85.521 102.717
Pigs   6.939 9.377 9.438 9.593 8.250 13.618 10.365 8.273 8.432 7.706 6.822 6.907 8.588
Poultry*   670.606 772.231 852.410 944.279 998.744 1.150.986 1.281.020 1.385.508 1.554.087 1.736.324 1.956.918 2.243.053 2.787.702
Belgium
Number of producers 109 733 803 852 901 1.021 1.140 1.262 1.389 1.487 1.630 1.717 1.923 2.093
Area (ha) 1.000 24.378 28.634 32.719 35.822 41.354 48.700 54.688 59.684 62.471 66.693 68.780 78.249 83.439
Cattle   33.187 32.774 38.365 43.000 54.076 64.009 69.076 72.487 76.214 76.443 80.269 88.682 108.016
Pigs   8.515 12.187 11.440 11.810 10.348 15.290 12.273 10.371 11.350 9.548 10.274 11.485 15.016
Poultry*   846.460 960.571 1.054.607 1.149.503 1.232.548 1.415.362 1.638.651 1.732.239 1.898.791 2.100.385 2.366.015 2.701.089 3.305.477
Source :
Vlaamse overheid, Departement Landbouw en Visserij
Service public de Wallonie, Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement
* * Broiler chickens + laying hens
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Organic farming in Belgium, 2006-2017

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Flanders
Cattle 1.931 2.090 2.533 2.554 2.676 3.014 2.797 3.080 2.801 2.565 3.161 5.299
Pigs 2.810 2.002 2.217 2.098 1.672 1.908 2.098 2.918 1.842 3.452 4.578 6.428
Poultry* 188.340 202.197 205.224 233.804 264.376 357.631 346.731 344.704 364.061 409.097 458.036 517.775
Wallonia
Cattle 30.843 36.275 40.467 51.522 61.333 66.062 69.690 73.134 73.642 77.704 85.521 102.717
Pigs 9.377 9.438 9.593 8.250 13.618 10.365 8.273 8.432 7.706 6.822 6.907 8.588
Poultry* 772.231 852.410 944.279 998.744 1.150.986 1.281.020 1.385.508 1.554.087 1.736.324 1.956.918 2.243.053 2.787.702
Belgium
Cattle 32.774 38.365 43.000 54.076 64.009 69.076 72.487 76.214 76.443 80.269 88.682 108.016
Pigs 12.187 11.440 11.810 10.348 15.290 12.273 10.371 11.350 9.548 10.274 11.485 15.016
Poultry* 960.571 1.054.607 1.149.503 1.232.548 1.415.362 1.638.651 1.732.239 1.898.791 2.100.385 2.366.015 2.701.089 3.305.477
Source :
Vlaamse overheid, Departement Landbouw en Visserij
Service public de Wallonie, Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement

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