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1 Agriculture in Iceland Tjörvi Bjarnason, PR department The Farmers Association of Iceland

2 Area: km 2 Fishing grounds: km 2 Below 200 m: km 2 Population density: 3 inh./km 2 Climate July C: 5 / 10,5 / 17 Jan C: -9,5 / 1,5 / 9,5 To Greenland: 290 km To Norway: 970 km To Scotland: 800 km

3 Iceland was settled in 8 th or 9 th century, by Norwegian vikings

4 Why Agriculture in Iceland? Food security Stable rural societies Cultural identity Basis for tourism

5 Employment in agriculture 1991, or 5,6% 2009, or 2,9% Number of farms, approx (taxpayers) Source: Iceland statistics

6 Number of livestock in Iceland (thousands) Year Dairy cows Other cattle Winterfed sheep Horses Breeding pigs 1,4 3,6 Mink 12 40

7 Agricultural Production Number of Production producers (thousand tonnes) Milk Beef - 4,2 Lamb (approx.) 8,6 Pig meat 13 5,9 Poultry meat - 7,8 Horse meat - 0,6 Eggs > ,8

8 Agricultural Production Number of Production producers thousand tonnes Greenhouse production 120 Potatoes Turnips 759 Carrots 755 Tomatos Cucumbers Mink and fox fur

9 Animal diseases Screening results Iceland Germany UK Spain Total diseases screened for: Clinical Never occurred No information available

10 Sheep Production Breed - native Weight of ewes: kg. Lambing rate approx. 1.8 lambs per lambing. Current production. Meat : tonnes Wool : 600 tonnes Pelts :

11 Meat consumption

12 Export of lamb and related products Lamb meat tonnes tonnes Value meat, offal wool, pelts ISK $ ISK $

13 Other export, 2011 Live horses (1.107), 776,9 mio ISK Milk products, butter, skyr and cheese, 494,3 mio ISK Mink pelts ( ), 638,5 mio ISK Eiderdown, kg, 374,8 mio ISK

14 % of value international markets 1. Norway 25.5% 2. Spain 18.3% 3. Faroe Islands 18.1% 4. UK 17.8% 5. Japan 7.5% 6. USA 5.4%

15 The Processing Sector There are 10 slaughter companies slaughtering and processing sheep, cattle and pigs Three companies in poultry production The largest 3 have over 55% market share There are 3 poultry companies with slaughter units Two dairy companies, 6 dairies

16 Cattle Production Dairy breed - native Weight of cows : 450 kg Annual yield : kg Beef breeds for crossing: Galloway Aberdeen Angus Limousine Current Production Milk : 126 million litres. Beef: tonnes

17 liters milk (millions) Milk production Production Domestic consumption Year

18 ...the most useful servant horses in Iceland

19 ...out door vegetables

20 greenhouses

21 Forestry

22 salmon and trout

23 Forestry, land reclamation Funds by government Cooperation with The Soil conservation and different regional projects.

24 farm tourism

25 from farm

26 Agricultural support A contract on support for milk production, (34%) A contract on support sheep production (44%) A contract on support for tomato, cucumber and paprika production Pork, poultry, eggs, flowers, potatoes and some other greenhouse and crop products protected by import tariffs Pelt production, world market!

27 Agricultural support Support for advisory service Support for animal breeding and preservation of national breeds Support for crop production/crop rotation Support for research and innovation Support for forestry and soil conservation projects

28 The Farmers Association of Iceland Founded in 1995, but traces its origin to 1837 All farmers (about individuals approx farms) are members Basic units: - 11 district associations Farmers union Nationwide advisory service - 12 sectoral producers societies Supervises animal breeding and various law enforcement Policy making and consultancy work for public authorities IT, PR and publishing departments Staff of 50 people

29 Nationwide Advisory Service Farmers Association - HQ Advisors from FA Regional Advisory service Local Advisors

30 We emphasize: Food sovereignty The multifunctionality of agriculture Health status of livestock and genetic importance The future of Icelandic agriculture

31 Future prospects for agriculture in Iceland Farms grow bigger Increasing export and import Growing range of production Focus on quality Farmers objectives: - Sound and sustainable production - High standard of animal welfare - Clean, wholesome quality food - Viable income for farmers

32 Photo: Brynjar Gauti

33 End

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