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Transcript of Germany
In 2013, German agricultural exports were worth around 66 billion. Added to this are, according to industry figures, around 5.9 billion from exports of agricultural machinery. Compared with 2012, this means a growth in value of around 4 percent for agricultural exports. As in the two previous years, agricultural exports thus developed more than total exports.
Agriculture is important for the country's food security and also a provider of jobs. It produces about 84 billion worth of goods annually and purchases goods for around 52 billion. Over 80% of Germany's land is used for agriculture and forestry. Also, The number of farms decreased dramatically between 1949 and 1997 as machines gradually replaced human workers, and productivity increased.
Important areas of German agricultural policy have transferred to the European Union, particularly in market and price policy, foreign trade policy, and structural policy. Agricultural reforms in 1992 cut market price supports, replacing artificial prices with government subsidies, and put stricter controls on output volume.
Imports And Exports
In areas of high natural fertility, wheat, barley, corn (maize), and sugar beets are the principal crops. The poorer soils of the North Germany
Germany is a founding member of the EU, the G8 and the G20, and was the world's largest exporter from 2003 to 2008. In 2011 it remained the third largest exporter and third largest importer.