Poland: Agricultural Land Area, by year
YearArea,
in thousand hectares
202318,646.8
202218,696.5
202118,719.2
202018,741.5
201918,759.8
201818,776.5
201718,810.1
201618,621.0
201518,682.8
201018,931.0
  • Region: Poland
  • Time period: 2010 to 2023
  • Published: Dec 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 30, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Decrease in agricultural land area over the last decade

Between 2010 and 2023, Poland's agricultural land area experienced a decline from 18,931 thousand hectares to 18,646.8 thousand hectares. This gradual decrease over 13 years represents a reduction of 284.2 thousand hectares, marking a noticeable shift in the availability of agricultural land.

Recent trend of shrinking agricultural land

The data reveals a consistent decrease in agricultural land from 2018 to 2023, where the area reduced from 18,776.5 thousand hectares in 2018 to 18,646.8 thousand hectares in 2023. This recent 5-year period highlights an ongoing trend of diminishing agricultural space by 129.7 thousand hectares.

Comparative analysis of yearly changes

The year-on-year analysis shows variable reductions in agricultural land area, with the most significant annual decrease occurring between 2017 and 2018 by 33.6 thousand hectares. In contrast, the smallest decline was noted between 2022 and 2023, amounting to only 49.7 thousand hectares, illustrating fluctuating yet persistent contraction rates.

Analysis of mid-decade adjustments

An interesting anomaly in the data is the increase in agricultural land observed between 2015 and 2016, where the area expanded from 18,682.8 thousand hectares to 18,621 thousand hectares. This brief uptick contrasts with the overall downward trend, suggesting possible efforts or changes in land management practices during that period.

Long-term implications of agricultural land reduction

The steady decline in Poland's agricultural land over the years may have significant long-term implications for food security, biodiversity, and rural economies. With a total decrease of 284.2 thousand hectares since 2010, this trend underscores the potential challenges in sustaining agricultural productivity and environmental conservation efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been the change in Poland's agricultural land area in recent years?

Poland's agricultural land area decreased from 18,931 thousand hectares in 2010 to 18,646.8 thousand hectares in 2023.

What was the most significant annual decrease in agricultural land area?

The most significant annual decrease occurred between 2017 and 2018, with a reduction of 33.6 thousand hectares.

Terms and Definitions

Agricultural land refers to the area that is used for the purpose of producing crops or rearing animals for farming and agriculture purposes. It includes areas of arable land (land under temporary crops, temporary meadows for mowing or pasture, land under market and kitchen gardens), permanent crops, and permanent meadows and pastures.

Arable land is a type of agricultural land that can be plowed and used to grow crops. It is characterized by its cultivating potential and excludes lands under permanent pastures or used for forestry.
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