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Seven Thousand Tons of Potatoes Harvested

Iceland produced around 7,222 tons of potatoes in 2011. The information comes from Statistics Iceland, which released data on agriculture in Iceland as part of a statistical series for the first time yesterday.

farmersmarket-mosfellsdalur02_esaFrom the farmers’ market in Mosfellsdalur. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

In 2010, there were 2,592 agricultural holdings in Iceland, most of which, 770, were in the southern part of the country. The fewest farms were located in the greater Reykjavík area and Suðurnes region, 67 in total.

In addition to potatoes, farmers produced a total of roughly 1,600 tons of both cucumbers and tomatoes, 759 tons of yellow turnips, 755 tons of carrots, 583 tons of mushrooms and 449 tons of white cabbage last year.

Harvested quantities in tons of capsicum totaled 229 tons, Chinese cabbage 185, cauliflower 105, lettuce/leafy or stalked vegetables 108, cauliflower 105 and broccoli 85.

Utilized agricultural area, excluding common land, is 15 percent of Iceland’s total surface area. Many farmers also generate income from other sectors. For example, in 2010, 7.1 percent of respondents said they also had income from tourism.

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