Eurostat conducted another study. This time, we studied the data on the area of the territory planted with fruit trees for 2017 in the EU member states.
In accordance with the five-year data collection project, in 2017 almost 1.3 million hectares of land in the EU were covered with fruit trees. One third of the territory in the EU is occupied by apple orchards, and another fifth is covered with orange groves. The rest is made up of peaches, small citrus trees, pears, apricots and lemon groves.
According to Eurostat, Cyprus has 3,286 hectares of fruit covered trees. Of these, 377 hectares are planted with apples, 1.109 hectares with oranges, 299 hectares with peaches, 933 hectares with small citrus fruits, 71 hectares with pears, 186 hectares of apricots and 312 hectares with lemon trees.
In total, in the EU, about 1 percent of all agricultural land used is covered by fruit trees. Compared to 2012, the area under fruit trees in the EU increased slightly, by 0.4%.
Two thirds of the EU’s fruit plantations are located in Spain, Italy and Poland. Spain leads the EU in terms of fruit production in 2017, followed by Italy and Poland.