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The following comes from a report issued by the European commission:

Difficulties within agriculture include surplus production, the small size
of cattle farms (hardly competitive in comparison to Flanders or abroad), and the ageing
of farmers who are on average more than 50 years old. Several agri-food businesses are
also disadvantaged by their size or by varying employment levels between the provinces;
in a national context, the economic position of this sector is fragile and investments are
decreasing. One of the problems affecting forestry is the impact of mechanisation on
jobs. On the whole, the rural environment is disadvantaged by remoteness, inadequate
public transport, the weakened role of the primary sector and the effects of intensive
agriculture on the environment and the landscape.


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