>> In 2010, agricultural holdings were over 1.6 million, with a total area of around 17.1 million hectares. Compared with 2000 the number of holdings dropped by 32.4 percent (-775 thousand units) while the average size of holdings increased to 7.9 hectares (+2.4 hectares). 

>> In 2011, the cost competitive power of Italian agricultural holdings was of nearly 130 euro per 100 euro unit labour cost. The best performance was recorded in the North-west area with the greatest number of large-sized companies, while all other regions had values lower than the national average.

>> In 2010, 43,367 agricultural holdings (equal to 2.7 percent of the total) started using organic production methods to cultivate 6.1 percent of the national Utilized agricultural area (Uaa). Among livestock farms, organic production methods were slightly more widely used, covering 3.9 percent of national agricultural holdings.

>> Over the last years, consumers in European countries showed growing interest in the quality of agro-food products. In this sector, Italy occupied a significant position and recorded the highest number of certifications at the Community level. As on 31 December 2012, Italian agro-food products with quality labels were 248.

>> In 2012, in Italy, just over one quintal of straight fertilizers were distributed per hectare of utilised agricultural area (Uaa) with a higher intensity in the northern regions. Consumption recovered compared to 2011.

>> In 2012, in Italy, approximately 134,2 tons of plant protection products and 61,9 tons of active substances were distributed in agriculture.

>> In 2012, in Italy, there were over 20,000 agritourism farms, over a third of which managed by women. At the regional level, about one-fifth was concentrated in Tuscany.