STRUCTURAL ISSUES ON THE PORTUGUESE FIG PRODUCTION: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Fig production evolution registered an enormous decrease in Portugal on the last decades. In what concerns any agricultural production and its evolution we have to look to the structural issues affecting the culture trying to understand what is going on and where to act. This paper will begin to show the decrease on Portuguese fig production, according to FAO statistics. Then, we will look to this evolution in parallel with the evolution of farm structure on the last decades that has been quite strong, in Portugal, even if in what concerns farm area and the distribution of farms among area classes there has been only slight modifications. The population evolution is also a matter of importance and we will try to characterize the Portuguese agricultural population, in what concerns educational level and age and then move to fig producers, trying to understand what is the age and educational level of those who produce fig in Portugal. Finally, we will briefly focus on the economics of production. As a conclusion, there will be some appointments on the fig production future in Portugal.
Martins, M.B. (2008). STRUCTURAL ISSUES ON THE PORTUGUESE FIG PRODUCTION: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. Acta Hortic. 798, 19-26
fig production statistics, fig economics