• ISSN: 2010-023X
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
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IJTEF 2014 Vol.5(1): 65-71 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.7763/IJTEF.2014.V5.342

Agricultural Land Utilization Efficiency: The Case of Latvia

I. Pilvere, A. Nipers, and I. Upite
Abstract—Agricultural land is critically important, but limited resource for production of agricultural goods. Therefore, it is essential to exploit agricultural land efficiently to provide the planet’s growing population with food. We evaluated how efficient is utilization of the agricultural land in a northern country called Latvia. Based on statistical data at micro level, we evaluated inefficiently exploited areas that potentially might be available for the production of agricultural products. It is discovered that in 2013 as much as 37% (or 874.4 thousand hectares) of utilized agricultural area were not efficiently exploited in the country. The reasons for ineffective use are described and production potential is evaluated.

Index Terms—Agricultural land utilization, land availability, efficiency.

I. Pilvere is with the Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Latvia (e-mail: ipilvere@gmail.com).
A. Nipers is with the Latvia University of Agriculture, Institute of Economics and Business in Riga, Latvia.
I. Upite is with the Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Business and Management, Latvia.

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Cite:I. Pilvere, A. Nipers, and I. Upite, "Agricultural Land Utilization Efficiency: The Case of Latvia," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.5, no.1, pp. 65-71, 2014.

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