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Economic Sectors in brief

Agriculture and forestry

Farmers have many important functions. They produce food of plant and animal origin, keep up the landscape and maintain natural habitats. Despite its small share in the overall economic output, agricultural production is highly important for ensuring sufficient food supply of the population at reasonable prices.
Official agricultural statistics are to record agriculture’s structural and social adaptations to changing market and policy conditions and to make this information available as early as possible. At intervals of eight to twelve years, censuses of agriculture are conducted, which are complemented by agricultural structure surveys between two censuses. In addition, individual surveys are conducted, generally on an annual or sub-annual basis, on land use, livestock population, animal production and yields.

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Key figures

Persons in employment 2012, 1,000 persons
Agriculture, forestry and fishing663
Manufacturing7,120
Mining, energy569
Construction2,421
Trade, transport, accommodation and food service activities9,502
Other services20,819

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