This is an archived release.
Less conversion of productive land
Norwegian municipalities allowed to transfer 7 700 decares cultivated land and 10 200 decares cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2005. At the same time, the municipalities permitted land reclamation of 10 700 decares.
This is the lowest registered area of arable land transferred since 1980. The government has declared a national goal for 50 per cent reduction of agricultural land transferred to non-agricultural use by 2010. In the period 1994-2003 there was a yearly transferring of productive land to non-agricultural use of 13 360 decares. As from 2005, the reporting system is simplified, and the detailed governmental administrative data system is replaced by a questionnaire through the municipality state reporting system named KOSTRA.
In addition to report land transferred to various types of non-agricultural use, the questionnaire also considers decisions taken about land reclamation, splitting of agricultural property and application for concession to buy a farm.