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Trends in the agricutural economy

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Production and value added fell sharply, secondary activities collapse

In 2020 agricultural production decreased in volume by 3.2% and value added by 6%; employment also dropped significantly (-2.3%).

The production of olive oil has suffered the greatest downsizing (-14.5%) while the production of fruit (+3.7%), cereals (+3%), milk (+2.7%) and vegetables (+0.2%) increased.

The effects of the Covid-19 health emergency have affected secondary activities (-20.3%), the horticultural sector (-8.4%) and agricultural support services (-4.1%).

In the EU27, production (-0.8%) and agricultural income (-1.5%) fall. Italy remains the leading European country in terms of value added and the third in terms of value of production.

Reference period: Year 2020

Date of Issue: 04 June 2021



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