Farming output in Estonia dropped by 2% in 2020, compared to the year of 2019 and this was in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse said.
On April 15, the Rural Affairs Minister stated: “As was the case with other sectors, agriculture did not remain unaffected by the COVID-19 virus either, and 2020 proved a challenge to our food producers; however, farmers and other participants in the food supply chain managed to adapt and successfully cope with the changing conditions”.
According to an overview of the statistical results of agriculture, fisheries and the food industry in 2020 drawn up by the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the weather in 2020 favored crop production and generated record high cereals yields, while the production of milk and meat had likewise grown over several consecutive years.
Meanwhile, fishery hauls were 13% smaller in 2020, as compared to 2019. This was explained by a lower sprat quota imposed on Estonia in 2020, as well to unfavorable weather conditions in the first half of the lat year. (BNN/Business World Magazine)
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