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USE OF ORGANIC SOILS IN LATVIA

I. Pilvere, A. Nipers, J. Zarins
Thursday 11 October 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

The issues of rational use of land resources have become increasingly relevant, as all economies depend on the goods and services provided by the natural environment. Soils as a natural resource perform a number of key environmental, social and economic functions. In Latvia, utilised agricultural land occupies 2.3 mln. ha, yet no research investigations into organic soils have been conducted. The use of agricultural land, organic soils in particular, is associated with negative environmental impacts.
Therefore, the overall aim of the present research is to analyse the use of organic soils in Latvia. The research found that 19.7 thousand farms, representing 24% of the total farms, had an area with hydromorphic and semi-hydromorphic soils more than 1 ha in size. The farms managed 97.5% of the total organic soil area. Relatively large organic soil areas were associated with raising and farming agricultural animals. However, productive conventional agricultural production was restricted in an organic soil area of 64.7 thou. ha or 26.7% of the total due to environmental protection requirements.

Keywords: organic soils, farms, environmental protection, livestock farming.


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