Organic farming

Organic farming continues to grow

Agriculture & fishery
Organic farming continues to grow

Organic farming continues to grow in Belgium in 2018. The number of farms with organic production has increased by 7.2 % in Wallonia and by 9.8 % in Flanders compared to 2017. The surface areas dedicated to organic farming have also increased in both regions (+7.4 % in Flanders and +6.6 % in Wallonia) to 89,000 ha.

As for animal production, there is an increase of 21.9 % of the number of certified organic animals in Belgium (+15.7 % in Flanders and +23.1 % in Wallonia). This increase is due to the growing pig population in Wallonia (+28.7 %) and to the expansion of the poultry sector (+24.1 % in Wallonia and +16.2 % in Flanders).

However, the number of organic cattle has slightly decreased in 2018 (less than 2 %) both in the North and South of the country. This decrease is due to the slight reduction in the meat cattle population in both regions; the dairy cattle population continues to grow (+6.6 % in Flanders and +7.1 % in Wallonia).

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Organic farming in Belgium, 1987, 2005-2018

  1987 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Flanders
Number of producers 72 236 232 230 230 242 256 282 299 332 343 370 430 468 514
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 7.913
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 5.224
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 5.518
Poultry*   175.854 188.340 202.197 205.224 233.804 264.376 357.631 346.731 344.704 364.061 409.097 458.036 517.775 601.709
Wallonia
Number of producers 37 497 571 622 671 779 884 980 1.090 1.155 1.287 1.347 1.493 1.625 1.742
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 81.087
Cattle   31.144 30.843 36.275 40.467 51.522 61.333 66.062 69.690 73.134 73.642 77.704 85.521 102.717 100.825
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 11.052
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 3.086.989
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 2.256
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 89.000
Cattle   33.187 32.774 38.365 43.000 54.076 64.009 69.076 72.487 76.214 76.443 80.269 88.682 108.016 106.049
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 16.570
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 3.688.698
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, 2007-2018

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Flanders
Cattle 2.090 2.533 2.554 2.676 3.014 2.797 3.080 2.801 2.565 3.161 5.299 5.224
Pigs 2.002 2.217 2.098 1.672 1.908 2.098 2.918 1.842 3.452 4.578 6.428 5.518
Poultry* 202.197 205.224 233.804 264.376 357.631 346.731 344.704 364.061 409.097 458.036 517.775 601.709
Wallonia
Cattle 36.275 40.467 51.522 61.333 66.062 69.690 73.134 73.642 77.704 85.521 102.717 100.825
Pigs 9.438 9.593 8.250 13.618 10.365 8.273 8.432 7.706 6.822 6.907 8.588 11.052
Poultry* 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 3.086.989
Belgium
Cattle 38.365 43.000 54.076 64.009 69.076 72.487 76.214 76.443 80.269 88.682 108.016 106.049
Pigs 11.440 11.810 10.348 15.290 12.273 10.371 11.350 9.548 10.274 11.485 15.016 16.570
Poultry* 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 3.688.698
Source :
Vlaamse overheid, Departement Landbouw en Visserij
Service public de Wallonie, Direction générale opérationnelle de l'Agriculture, des Ressources naturelles et de l'Environnement