In ten years, 20% of farms in France have disappeared


INFO LE FIGARO – If the agricultural area has been maintained, the farms have grown. The decennial census reveals a profound change in the sector.

If the pandemic and the confinements have put the role of farmers back on the front of the stage, the profile of the “France farm” and of those who work there is in profound upheaval. This is revealed by the large decennial agricultural census, carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture between March and October, of which Le Figaro reveals the teachings

The main finding confirms a trend that started fifty years ago. There are fewer and fewer farms in France. Between 2010 and 2020, France saw the disappearance of one in five farms. With 389,000 farms listed in 2020, 100,000 farms have disappeared. Admittedly, this decline, which has continued since the 1970s, has slowed down a little (- 2.3%) compared to the annual – 3% recorded in the 2000s.

Productivity gains

If the downward momentum is not halted, this does not in itself mean a weakening of agricultural France. The fall in the number of farms reveals complex changes. If the French agricultural model has evolved in the face of crises …

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