Initially, the purpose of Agricultural statistics was to monitor the Common Agricultural Policy's main objectives, such as the production and supply of agricultural products and income in the farming sector.
In recent decades, new indicators and statistics have emerged that reflect changing EU policy. Some, for example, such as the use and impact of pesticides, have an environmental focus. Another development in agricultural statistics has been to establish statistics related to the organic farming.
In 2015, a strategy for agricultural statistics for 2020 and beyond was agreed, designed to modernise this area of statistics.
Today, agricultural statistics cover topics as diverse as:
- information about the structure of farms, orchards & vineyards;
- agricultural production;
- economic accounts for agriculture;
- agriculture and environment.
Comprehensive information is available at both a national and regional level.