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[The minimum areas for sustainable management of farms in agriculture and forestry: a scientific monograph]  [2016]

Pilvere, I., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia). Faculty of Economics and Social Development Nipers, A., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia). Faculty of Economics and Social Development Sisenis, L., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Jelgava (Latvia). Forest Faculty. Dept. of Forest Utilisation Krievina, A., Latvia Univ. of Agriculture, Priekuli, Priekuli parish, Priekuli Municipality (Latvia). Inst. of Agricultural Resources and Economics Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte, Jelgava (Latvia) [Corporate Author]

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The present research calculates the minimum land area needed in agriculture main sectors - field crop, dairy, grazing livestock farming, vegetable and permanent crops growing in Latvia and its regions depending on land quality and the amount of support payments received, purchase and resources price fluctuations, land purchase possibilities, assesses the current agricultural land use in Latvia and analyses the other European Union countries experience in land use. In the forestry the situation in private forests was analysed, and the income level of forest owners was employed as the key indicators, which depends on the tree species and forest type with suitable conditions for growth. The research analyses the main tree species - pine, birch, spruce, black alder, asp, grey alder and fuelwood plantations productivity and groves profitability of different types of forest under private management and the management of a cooperative. The research sets the following aim: to identify the minimum areas needed in Latvia: 1) in agriculture in different sectors to ensure sustainable farm management; 2) to ensure sustainable development of farms in forestry depending on the most suitable tree species and most suitable land for their growing conditions..