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Farm Structure Survey

Farm Structure Survey, which is sample based, provides structural data on holdings in the period between two censuses. These data will serve for monitoring the structural changes and for updating the Statistical Register of Agricultural Holdings for those units which are in the sample.

Utilized agricultural land means land used for cultivation of agricultural crops. It represents the total of the areas of used arable land and gardens, orchards, vineyards, meadows, pastures and nurseries on the agricultural land.

Used arable land and gardens refer to land area under cultivation, with cereals, industrial, vegetable and fodder crops, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants, decorative plants, seed and seedling material.

Kitchen gardens are areas (usually by the houses) used for production of agricultural products intended for nutrition of the persons at the holding. Kitchen gardens are not included in the crop rotation.

Orchards are agricultural areas where fruit trees are cultivated, regardless of the arrangement of the stands, the distance between the trees and whether agro-technical and mechanized operations for cultivation are applied.

Vineyards refer to areas on which stocks of grapevines are cultivated (table and wine varieties) with usual distance of cultivation for a certain variety. Table varieties are intended for nutrition of the population in fresh condition, and the wine varieties are intended for wine, brandy and other grape processing.

Meadow is land used for cultivation of grass i.e. fodder crops and it is regularly sown several times a year i.e. sown at least once during the vegetation season. The meadow can be sown or natural (self-sown).

Pasture refers to agricultural land area used for grazing the livestock during the growing season, i.e. at least once during the year. Pastures can be lowland (intensive) and hilly-mountainous (extensive).

Nursery means an area of agricultural land used for seedling production, regardless of what kinds of seedlings it is used for (forest, park, fruit or grape).

Livestock unit is a standard measurement unit that allows aggregation of various categories of livestock in order to enable their comparison. For the various categories of cattle to be aggregated, livestock unit coefficients are used.

Last updated: 28.01.2014

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