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Organic sector
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Number of registered organic companies

Number of registered companies as of 31 December 2019
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural businesses 1.658 1.647 1.600 1.625 1.831 1.930 2.010 2076
Processing/trade 1.756 1.954 2.138 2.352 2.586 2.800 3.036 3165
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.

Development of organic agriculture and horticulture

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).

Organic area in the Netherlands (as of 31 December)
Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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
Total ha 53.782 55.938 58.645 59.120 61.765 69.516 71.351 75.204
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