Brussels, Nov 22 (EFE) .- The Spanish agricultural production in 2016 had a value of 46,800 million euros, 12% of the European total, which places the country as the fourth State member that contributed most to the production of the whole of the European Union, reported today the Community Statistical Office, Eurostat.
With a production of 70,300 million euros, 17% of the EU total, France achieved during 2016 the highest agricultural production of the Twenty-eight, followed by Italy (53,400 million, 13%) and Germany (52,900 million, also a 13 %).
Behind Spain are countries like the United Kingdom (27.9 billion, 7%), the Netherlands (27 billion, 7%) and Poland (22.4 billion, 6%). < Twenty-eight agricultural production valued at 405,000 million euros was registered in 2016, a drop of 2.8% compared to the previous year.
Compared to 2015, the largest increases in agricultural production occurred in Slovakia (+ 10.7%), Poland (+4.6%), Hungary (+ 4.1%) and the Czech Republic (+3.5%), while the most pronounced decreases Estonia (-19.8%), Latvia (-8.3%), France (-6.5%) and Denmark (-5.4%).
Spain, for its part, registered 2.8% in the 2016 agricultural production compared to 2015 to a decrease in animal production of 3.3%, due to a fall in prices (4.9%) and partially offset by a increase in volume (of 1.7%).
The general decrease in the value of animal production is explained by a fall of 5.2% in milk production and 3.6% in milk production. bovine.
The drop in the value of crop production, of 2.5%, was caused by a fall in prices (1.8%) and volume produced (0.7%). of 13.5% in cereal production was partially offset by increases in potatoes (23.5%), forage plants (4.5%) and industrial crops (2.7%).