In May of this year, the Federal Department of Statistics and Economic Information held an agriculture census.
A total of 75,000 Belgians are currently employed in agriculture, 6,400 less than last year. The total area of ground cultivated for agricultural ends also fell by 1.5%.
The fall was much more pronounced for some crops such as potatoes (-2.5%), field vegetables (-3%).
The number of pigs being reared on Belgian farms fell by 3%. However, the number of cows remained stable.
The Flemish Farmers’ Association says that higher energy prices, stricter environment laws, a reduction in EU subsidies and the high levels of pressure of work are all responsible for making farmers give up farming.