>> In 2012 value added per worker in the sector for every 100 euro of unit labour cost was approximately 132.4 euro, on the increase compared to 2011. The best performance was observed in the North-west thanks to larger-sized agricultural holdings, while values in all the other areas were below the national average.

>> The total land area used for agricultural tree crops in 2012 was approximately 1,480 million hectares, -1.6 percent compared with the results of the 2010 Agricultural Census. Olive tree confirmed the most widespread cultivation in 2012 representing 75.0 percent of all cultivations.

>> Over the last years, consumers in European countries showed growing interest in the quality of agro-food products. In this sector, Italy occupied a significant position and recorded the highest number of certifications at the Community level. As on 31 December 2013, Italian agro-food products with quality labels were 261.

>> In 2013, in Italy, 0.94 quintal of straight fertilizers were distributed per hectare of utilised agricultural area (Uaa) with a higher intensity in the northern regions. In the same year, approximately 118 thousand tons of plant protection products and 55.6 tons of active substances were distributed in agriculture.

>> In Italy, there were nearly 21,000 agritourism farms, over a third of which managed by women. At the regional level, about one-fifth was concentrated in Toscana.