Regional differences in Land Use in Hungary

Norbert Bozsik, Gábor Koncz


In the last decades, the area of agricultural land has been declined permanently in Hungary. Despite the diminishing production area, Hungary
is among the leaders in terms of the proportion of agricultural land to the total area in the European Union. There are several reasons of using
the arable land. As other economic sectors have gained a greater role in the production of GDP and employment, they have taken a larger area
from agriculture. Real estate and infrastructure developments were justified by raising the standard of living of the population. The soil, nature,
landscape and water protection aspects were also involved. In Hungary, the arable land is the most important natural resource, so it is very
important to protect it. In our study, we examine the changes of arable land and uncultivated area in Hungary based on secondary databases
of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office and departments of the Ministry of Agriculture. In the course of the research we focused on regional

arable land, non-agricultural land use, land protection, regional disparities


Norbert Bozsik, college professor
Eszterházy Károly University
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Mátrai str. 36, Gyöngyös 3200, Hungary

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