EPRS Admin By / April 17, 2014

Economic output of small farms

Economic output of small farms

Economic output of small farms

Average economic output of small area farms varies greatly across Member States, depending, among other things, upon the farm’s product specialisation.

The bar chart presents the average output both of economically small farms (less than €25 000 of standard economic output) in the left axis and of small area farms (of less than 5 hectares) in the right axis. Average output is expressed in € 1 000 per farm and is calculated as the standard output divided by the number of farms under each category. The standard output, excluding direct payments and production costs, cannot be taken as a measure of the farm’s productivity, though it is a useful criterion for comparison. Whilst average output of economically small farms is rather homogeneous across Member States, the distribution of the small area farms output is more diverse, with 6 Members States well above the average.


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