Organic farming has been an important part of agricultural production in Austria for many years. About 25% of the agricultural land is currently farmed organically. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BML) is making efforts to promote and further develop organic farming by focussing on specific measures. Information on the yields per hectare of the various crops as well as total quantities, local differences, potential demand and actual differences in yields compared to conventional production are fundamental to this. Since 2016, the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics and Mountain Farming has therefore carried out and published special evaluations and projections on this topic in the scientific project AWI/54/16 W: Yields from Organic Agriculture (data sets 2003-2015).
The aim of the project is to present the Austria-wide volume yields from organic agriculture. Based on existing data, specific evaluations are to be made according to regions (dry, occasionally dry and wetlands) as well as main agricultural production areas. Already existing data sets will be aggregated in order to provide an overview of the quantities produced in organic agriculture and thus improve the availability of statistical information in organic production.
For the Green Report 2022, the harvest quantities of selected organic field crops as well as the organic yields per hectare were calculated and published in tabular form. Evaluations were also carried out for the project "De-ckungsbeiträge und Datengrundlagen für die Betriebsplanung" (BAB/015/10). Whereas in previous years the allocation of the farming method was based on the information provided by the farmer, since 2021 the organically farmed areas have been identified via participation in the measure "Organic Farming" according to INVEKOS.
Auch für das Jahr 2023 ist eine Berechnung der Bio-Mengenerträge sowie der relativen Unterschiede zu konventionellen Mengenerträgen pro Hektar gemäß der im wissenschaftlichen Projekt AWI/54/16 W erarbeiteten Methodik und Darstellung geplant.