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An overview

In 2017, quality agri-food products were confirmed to be a significant component of the Italian agricultural sector, as they contribute to maintain and strengthen human settlements, and develop mountainous and hilly areas, where there are over three quarters of producers (76.5%). From 2007 to 2017, both the total surface area (+81.7%) and the number of processors (+33.4) increased significantly; the increase in the number of producers (+6.3%) was more limited, with the female component limited to 16.2%.

In 2017, agritourism confirmed the upward trend of recent years. From 2007 to 2017, the number of agritourism farms increased by 32.1%, and more than one farm out of three was run by women (36.2%).


In 2017, 0.10 tons of straight fertilizers per hectare of Sau were distributed for agricultural use in Italy, a decrease compared to 2016.  

Both distributed plant protection products and the quantity of active substances contained fell by almost 6%. A decrease was registered also in the Utilised agricultural area (Uaa).

In 2016, the average size of agricultural holdings grew as a result of company mergers. Areas cultivated with organic methods were on the increase.

In 2015, Italian farms generated about 158 euros of  value added per employee for every 100 euros of unit labour cost. This value differed a lot between large and small companies. The degree of vertical integration in agriculture was 60.3% and each company on average employed less than one full-time equivalent worker (0.6).