|Total number of companies||3.423||3.601||3.738||3977||4.417||4.730||5.046||5.241|
The organic sector continues to grow steadily. On 31 December 2019, there were 5,241 organic companies registered with Skal Biocontrole. This is an increase of 195 compared with 2018 and signifies a 3.9 percent growth in the sector.
In 2020, the organic agricultural and horticultural sector is expected to exceed the magic number of 2,000 organically certified businesses. By the end of 2019, 1,952 agricultural and horticultural businesses had a certificate and 124 agricultural and horticultural businesses were in conversion at the time. This brings the total number of registered agricultural and horticultural businesses to 2,010.
At the end of 2019, 75,204 hectares of agricultural land were registered, denoting an increase of 2,726 hectares compared with 2018. 5,856 hectares are in conversion. This includes land both from new businesses and from businesses already certified that are having new land converted.
One noticeable trend is that organic businesses are getting bigger. The average organic business is 36 hectares. In comparison, the average business in the Netherlands was 32 hectares in 2016 (source: CBS).
|Area (ha) agricultural businesses||50.736||53.379||56.688||56.729||58.446||60.449||66.623||69.349|
|Area (ha) in conversion||3.046||2.559||1.957||2.391||3.319||9.067||4.728||5.856|
|Number of registered agricultural businesses||1.658||1.647||1.600||1.625||1.831||1.930||2.010||2.076|