Since 1991 Slovenia has been an independent democratic state with a parliamentary system. On 1 May 2004 Slovenia became a full member of the European Union while on 1 January 2007 it introduced the euro as its currency and thus entered the European Monetary Union.
According to data of the 2010 Agriculture Census there were 74,646 agricultural holdings in Slovenia in 2010. They used 474,432 hectares of agricultural area and bred 421,553 LSU (livestock units). In 2010 almost 79% of agricultural holdings in Slovenia bred livestock.
An average agricultural holding thus used 6.4 hectares of agricultural area and bred 5.6 LSU. Total labour input into agriculture in Slovenia, expressed in annual work units (AWU), was 77,012 AWU or 0.16 AWU per hectare of utilised agricultural area in 2010.
For around 9,000 family farms, which spent more than 1,480 AWU for forestry activities, this activity represented the additional income, so they are included in the group of holdings which in 2010 carried out a gainful activity.
In addition to forestry, the most common gainful activities on Slovenian family farms are tourism, wood processing, fruit and vegetables processing, and other activities related to food processing such as wine production. The scope of work in gainful activities on family farms in 2010 reached 1,700 AWU (excluding forestry as a gainful activity); together with forestry as a gainful activity the figure is 3,180 AWU.
Animals were bred on 58,648 agricultural holdings. Cattle was bred on 36,119 agricultural holdings, pigs on 26,441, poultry on 36,240, horses on 5,948, sheep on 6,181, goats on 4,214 and rabbits on 8,051 agricultural holdings in 2010. There were also 2,392 agricultural holdings engaged in beekeeping.
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia – publication: The 2010 Agricultural Census – Every Farm Counts! http://www.mko.gov.si
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