In 2021, agricultural land in the Netherlands has increased by 1,800 hectares. This 0,3% growth brings the area to 529,000 hectares. The area of sowing onions has climbed the most. And fewer potatoes are being grown in 2021. This is according to the Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) Agricultural Census 2021's preliminary results.
The area under arable crops has declined by more than 100,000 hectares (16.7%) since 2000. It's, however, been stable for the past three years.
Seed onion acreage increased considerably
In 2021, seed onions are being grown on an area of 30,400 hectares. That's an increase of more than 3,000 (11.3%) compared to the previous year. In 2020, the area of onions decreased by almost one percent, reports the CBS. Nevertheless, seed onion acreage is growing in the long term. Compared to 2000, this crop's area has doubled.
Less ware potatoes acreage
In 2021, the acreage of ware potatoes has shrunk by almost 5,000 hectares. This 6,5% decline brings it to 72,000 hectares. This crop's area decreased in 2020 too. Seed and starch potatoes' areas increased slightly last year, each by almost one percent. These products' share in the total potato area rose slightly again last year.
In 2021, starch potatoes will account for more than a quarter (28.2%) of the potato acreage. That's over 45,000 hectares. An almost equal share (27.3%) contains seed potatoes. Most of the potato lands consist of ware potatoes (44.5%).
Since 2000, the area of seed onions has climbed by 2,300 hectares (5,4%). That, while the area of ware potatoes has shrunk by 15,700 hectares (17.9%). As did that of starch potatoes, which has decreased by 5,500 hectares (10.9%).
More full soil vegetable acreage
From 2007 to 2021, full soil vegetable land has increased by more than 2,300 hectares. More broccoli, in particular, and cucumbers are being cultivated.