Organic farming

7.2 % of the Belgian agricultural surface area is organic

Agriculture & fishery
7.2 % of the Belgian agricultural surface area is organic

In 2020, the success of organic farming was once again undeniable. All indicators confirm that the growth of the sector has been sustained over time.

Between 2019 and 2020, the number of organic farms has increased by 4.9 %, which means a 6.4 % increase of surface areas converted or in the process of conversion. Organic farming now accounts for 7.2 % of the utilized agricultural area.

90.8 % of the surface area dedicated to this kind of agriculture is in Wallonia. It is therefore in the North of the country that there is the greatest room for improvement. In Flanders, for example, the number of organic pigs has increased by 58.6 % in one year. 48.4 % of the Belgian organic pig livestock is now in Flanders.

Finally, organic poultry farming is increasing, especially in Wallonia, with 12.7%.

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Number of organic producers in Flanders and Wallonia (1997-2020)

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Organic farming in Belgium, 1987, 2005-2020

  1987 2005 2010 2015 2017 2018 2019 2020
Flanders
Number of producers 72 236 256 370 468 514 562 593
Area (ha) 417 3,153 3,822 5,343 7,367 7,913 8,677 9,124
Wallonia
Number of producers 37 497 884 1,347 1,625 1,742 1,816 1,901
Area (ha) 583 21,225 44,878 63,437 76,072 81,087 84,422 89,951
Belgium
Number of producers 109 733 1,140 1,717 2,093 2,256 2,378 2,494
Area (ha) 1,000 24,378 48,700 68,780 83,439 89,000 93,099 99,075
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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Organic farming in Belgium, 1987, 2005-2020

  2005 2010 2015 2017 2018 2019 2020
Flanders
Cattle 2,043 2,676 2,565 5,299 5,224 5,706 5,872
Pigs 1,576 1,672 3,452 6,428 5,518 6,893 10,932
Poultry* 175,854 264,376 409,097 517,775 601,709 681,365 705,748
Wallonia
Cattle 31,144 61,333 77,704 102,717 100,825 101,984 106,079
Pigs 6,939 13,618 6,822 8,588 11,052 9,622 11,667
Poultry* 670,606 1,150,986 1,956,918 2,787,702 3,491,046 3,908,546 4,402,982
Belgium
Cattle 33,187 64,009 80,269 108,016 106,049 107,690 111,951
Pigs 8,515 15,290 10,274 15,016 16,570 16,515 22,599
Poultry* 846,460 1,415,362 2,366,015 3,305,477 4,092,755 4,589,911 5,108,730
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