Ministry of Agriculture: Number of organic farms in Saxony is increasing

Agrar – Limbach-Oberfrohna : Ministry of Agriculture: Number of organic farms in Saxony is increasing

Agrar - Limbach-Oberfrohna: Straw bales lie in a field. Photo: Matthias Bein/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Symbolbild
Bales of straw lie in a field. Photo: Matthias Bein/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB/Symbolbild (Photo: dpa)

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Limbach-Oberfrohna (dpa/sn) – According to the State Ministry of Agriculture, the number of organic farms in Saxony has been increasing for years. In 2021 there were 913 companies that worked according to the EU Organic Regulation, as the Ministry in Dresden announced on Sunday at the start of the Saxon Organic Experience Days in Limbach-Oberfrohna (Zwickau district). The proportion of organic farms in agriculture is therefore more than 14 percent. The organically farmed area has also increased to over 9 percent and has more than doubled since 2015.

According to the announcement, in 2021 more than a third of the Saxon field vegetables grew organic vegetables. In addition to beetroot, consumers particularly value organically grown apples, carrots and potatoes. About a fifth of the country’s apple area is organically farmed.

Around 30 organic farming businesses and, for the first time, processors of organic food will open their courtyards and gates by October 9th and give an insight into the practice. “Especially in the current crises, it shows how important functioning regional supply chains are,” said Agriculture Minister Wolfram Günther (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) at the opening. Saxony’s organic farmers, processors and traders make an important contribution to the supply of healthy, valuable and sustainably produced food every day. In addition, regional products create economic prospects for rural areas and protect the environment and climate.

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