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The total area of arable land in applications for EU-subsidies has increased by 27 600 hectares
Based upon the applications for EU-subsidies, the total area of arable land has decreased by 3 300 hectares between 2003 and 2004 whereas the total area of pasture and meadowland increased by 30 900 hectares. Thus, according to the applications, the total area of arable land increased by 27 600 hectares during the aforementioned period. The total area of pasture and meadowland has increased during several years and this year's increase of over 6 % is due to a number of different reasons - among other things, the fact that, due to the newly reformed agricultural policy, pasture and meadowland will entitle farmers to receive EU-subsidies from the year 2005, must be part of the explanation.
Cultivation of oil seeds increases while cultivation of oats decreases
Based upon applications, the cultivation of rape and turnip rape increased by 25 700 hectares, or almost 45 %, to 84 300 hectares, whilst the cultivation of cereals decreased by 26 500 hectares to 1 127 600 hectares. According to the applications for EU-subsidies, this year's total area under oilseeds will be the largest since 1996, but still considerably less than before. The large area of oilseeds in 2004 can be explained by relatively high prices and good conditions during the autumn sowing.
Among grain crops, the total area under oats is expected to have decreased by 49 200 hectares, approximately 18 %, to 230 700 hectares, whilst the total area under barley is expected to have increased by 30 500 hectares, around 7 %, to 398 100 hectares. The decrease in total area under oats can be explained by lower market prices for this crop.
The definite areas for different crops in 2004 may differ to some degree from these numbers. This is due to the farmers handing in applications for EU-subsidies prior to sowing. The farmers have the opportunity to change their applications until mid-June.