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Increasing Farm Concentration in Hungary

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Author(s): Alajos FEHÉR | Róbert CZIMBALMOS | Györgyi KOVÁCS | Edit SZEPESY

Journal: Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning
ISSN 2069-3419

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: farm concentration | multifunctional agriculture | farm diversification | Hungary

ABSTRACT
In the EU as a whole, there was a reduction of 1.658 millionAWU (12.4%) in those employed in agriculture, between 2003 and 2007. In Hungary the decrease was 21% in terms of AWU per 100 hectares of agricultural land. In Hungary the concentration of land areas took place between 2005 and 2007 in such a way, that the arable land used by farms of less than 50 hectares declined, while that of larger farms increased. The motivation and intention of 104 farmers in three LEADER micro-regions in Northern and Eastern Hungary with respect to the present and future structures of their farms were investigated using questionnaires and narrative interviews. Almost two-thirds of the respondents spoke of the existence of non-agricultural activities and functions, but few of these were market-driven.
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