Real agricultural income in the European Union dropped by 6% in 2015 compared to last year, while the agricultural labour force was reduced by 1.8% during the same period. This means that real agricultural income per worker suffered a 4.3% decline in 2015, according to first estimates published by Eurostat, the EU’s Statistical Office, on Tuesday. Belgium experienced a rise of 8.2% of the same indicator.
Belgium is benefitting from one of the strongest upward trends in Europe for real agricultural income per worker in 2015, coming in behind Croatia (+21.5%), Latvia (+14.3%) and Greece (+12.1%). The biggest drops were experienced by Germany (37.6%), Poland (-23.8%) and Luxemburg (-20%).-However, Belgium saw a severe drop of 27.2% of this income over a five-year period (from 2010 to 2015), whereas the drop in Europe as a whole was only 5.7% according to Eurostat.