According to Statistics Netherlands, 21,500 hectares were grown without pesticides and fertilisers in 1999. Dairy farms are switching to organic ahead of the trend and accounted for 60% of the organic area last year. The Netherlands' large greenhouse growing sector also showed rapid growth in 1999.
On the other hand, the area of organic arable crops fell by 5%. According to the agency, this was caused by a very wet autumn in 1998, which made sowing winter grain difficult.
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