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Agriculture in Abruzzo is historically one of the leading sectors of the regional economy, representing about 40% of the territory with over 60,000 employees. The natural inclination for agriculture and the work of the operators have allowed Abruzzo to reach peaks of excellence worldwide, especially in the field of viticulture and olive growing. The food sector, especially the pasta one, is one of the best. The contributions of the European Community have proved to be essential to achieve these objectives: Abruzzo Region is supported by funds from the Rural Development Plan 2007-2013 which was approved by the European Commission and it'is now implemented.

Socio-economic context

  • Total population = approx. 1.299.300 inhabitants
  • Density = 120,3 habitants/km²
  • Per capita GDP (pps) = 92% of the EU-25 average

Rural areas

  • 82% of the population and 97,7% of the regional territory
  • Density = 101,4 habitants/km²
  • Three types of rural areas, indentified in the NSP, are present. In particular "Rural areas with development problems" (D rural areas) between 60.8% of the regional territory and 23.1% of the population

Importance of the agricultural, forestry and food sector

  • The utilised agricultural area covers 40% of the regional territory and forests 41% of the regional territory
  • UAA (432.000 ha) (utilised agricultural area): 1) arable land (40%); 2) permanent crops (19%); 3) permanent pastures (38,5%).
  • The average surface of the agricultural holdings is 5,2 ha (IT: 6.7 ha; EU: 16 ha)
  • The primary sector represents 4% of the regional value added and food industry represents 3,6%
  • The employment rate of the primary sector is 4,8%
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