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A strong agricultural sector

Germany, the country of engineering ingenuity and industry, has always at the same time remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the national territory is put to agricultural use. Around a million people produce goods worth around 50 billion Euro a year in approx. 270,000 agricultural enterprises. Farmers provide us with high-quality foodstuffs. They are also providing a growing contribution to energy and raw materials supplies. They shape and maintain the face of our country.

Germany's agricultural sector is among the four largest producers in the European Union. In order to feed the more than 170 million farm animals, around 60 percent of farmland is made up of grassland and arable land that is used for feeding purposes. For human consumption, the main production areas of the farming sector include, besides animal products, bread cereals, potatoes, sugar beet, oilseeds, fruit and vegetables. In addition, there are grassland and crop areas dedicated to the production of bioenergy and bio-resources.

The BMEL sees itself as a driver in the dialogue with social groups on the future of our agricultural sector. In view of scarce resources, the growing world population, with its rising food and energy requirements, represents both a challenge and opportunity for our farmers. It obliges them to pursue sustainable growth. Beyond that, modern farming caters for consumer wishes, handles the environment with care, sets store by animal welfare and constitutes a backbone of our rural regions.

Main features of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its implementation in Germany

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The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy adopted in December 2013 will make Europe's agricultural sector greener and more sustainable and provide it with a reliable and stable basis for the years to come.

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Organic Farming in Germany

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as of: February 2016

This information pamphlet gives a brief overview of organic farming in Germany. It presents statutory rules, organic farming associations as well as the development and support of organic farms.

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TTIP: Exploiting opportunities, maintaining standards

Mappe mit Reiter "Import / Export"

The aim of the negotiations between the EU and the USA on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is to reduce barriers to trade. This relates in particular to import duties, but also to unnecessary red tape.

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Tradition – Innovation – a Devotion to Detail
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Startbild Agrarexport

Germany is the world’s third largest exporter of agricultural goods. German products are popular and in demand. The film on "Quality made in Germany" shows why. In approximately three minutes, the film shows the wide range of products offered by the German agri-food industry – in the fields of seed and planting stock, animal genetics, agricultural machinery, raw materials (cultivation and production), and semi-finished and finished products.

Germany stands for a modern, productive and at the same time sustainable agri-food industry. The film shows how the industry meets the high quality standards that apply in all sectors. These quality standards guarantee that all exports are of top quality.

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"Understanding Farming"
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Screenshot of the film „Understanding Farming“

Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.

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