One in three households growing own food

Almost one in three households in Estonia is growing field crops or horticultural products for their own use, data from the 2011 census and social statistics show.

During the 2010 agricultural census about 20 000 agricultural holdings and 175 000 family agricultural holdings were counted. The latter is defined as agricultural land of less than one hectare that is used for producing crops mainly for self-consumption.

Data of Statistics Estonia showed a rapid decrease in the number of family agricultural holdings in the early 2000s. An increase in their number observed since 2004 suggests that economic instability has increased interest in growing one’s own food. As could be expected, households in rural areas engage more in small-scale farming, with about a half having a plot or some domestic animals, but even so, about one in five households living in an urban community is also growing crops.

Source: Estonian Review

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