Østfold: Less young and old farmers in Østfold
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Census of agriculture (discontinued)1999

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Østfold: Less young and old farmers in Østfold

Final figures from the 1999 Census of Agriculture show that a great decrease in the number of farms that operate agricultural land has occurred in Østfold since 1989. The drop was 1 300 farms or 27 per cent. In the same period the number of farmers younger than 40 years and elder than 60 years is reduced. The average age is therefore unchanged.

In 1989 30 per cent of the farmers were younger than 40 years. In 1999 this number fell to 25 per cent. The part of farmers 60 years or older fell from 23 per cent in 1989 to 16 per cent in 1999. The group 50-59 years has had the biggest increase, from 20 to 29 per cent. The group 40-49 years has also increased its share. Together these changes have had no effect on the average age at 47.9 years.

Fewer holdings and increased land rental

The number of holdings with agricultural land in use has fallen from 4 900 in 1989 to 3 600 in 1999, a reduction of 27 per cent. The agricultural land in use shows minor changes. The share of rented land has increased from 194 000 decares in 1989 to 240 000 decares in 1999. In 1999 rented area represented 31 per cent of total land in use.

3 200 full-time equivalents

At the holdings in Østfold the labour input corresponded to 3 200 full-time equivalents. At 1 800 holdings the total labour input was less than half a full-time equivalent each, while about 1 100 holdings had labour inputs of one full-time equivalent or more. A total of 6 500 holders and spouse/cohabitants 1 200 worked at least 1 500 man-hours off the holding. In 1989 1 800 of the holders worked 1 500 man-hours or more off the holding.

1 700 of the male holders and 900 of the female holders worked 1 500 man-hours or more off the holding. Compared with 1989, only minor changes are shown for the males, but the part of the female holders with full or half-time work off the holding has increased.

Labour input in supplementary industries represented about 300 full-time equivalents in 1998/1999. Supplementary industries are activities that utilise a holdings land, buildings or machinery, and machinery related services are the most important.

Other results

In its survey of the various conditions in the agricultural industry the Census of Agriculture ranges widely. For more information, please see tables and municipality data. Contact Statistics Norway for more information or to have the data arranged differently.