Slovenia has a population of more than 2 million people. There are around 70,000 agricultural holdings in Slovenia, using nearly 500,000 hectares of agricultural area. Most of these holdings breed livestock. The agriculture sector employs more than 200,000 persons.
Agricultural production focuses on the following food crops: apples, wheat, barley, maize, and potatoes.
89-99% of the food energy consumed in Slovenia comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere around the planet. There are 2,267 crop varieties in collections of crop diversity found in Slovenia compared to more than 700,000 found in international collections of crop diversity supported by the Crop Trust.
Slovenia signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in 2006, joining 132 other contracting parties comitting to a global system.
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