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Italy and its regions

The average size of Italian farms, in terms of Uaa, shows remarkable differences at the regional level, with larger companies located in the North-west area, and the smallest in the South and Islands. A regional analysis highlights wide variations even within geographical areas: farms in the North, especially in Veneto and Liguria, are smaller than the national average; whereas those in Sardegna, in the South and Islands area, show the highest national average size.

The cost competitive power indicator reveals a decidedly better performance by the North-west compared with other areas. This result was primarily due to the better performance of agricultural holdings with a turnover of at least 100,000 euro. At the regional level the best performances were recorded in Lombardia in the North; in Lazio, in the Centre area; among the southern regions, Calabria, Sardegna and Campania stood out.

In 2014, the distribution of straight fertilisers and active substances in agriculture per hectare of Uaa was higher in the North-east than in all other geographical areas, thus confirming the trend of the previous years.

Operators (producers and processors) of Pdo, Pgi and Tsg quality products are increasing in number in the Centre and the South and Islands area. Over half of producing enterprises are located in just three regions: Sardegna, Toscana, and Trentino-Alto Adige.

A regional comparison shows similar growing trends in agritourism in almost all geographical areas. Over the last year, however, the number of agritourism farms increased most in the South and Islands so that the Centre and South now counts a number of farms higher by 1,200 units.