AGRICULTURAL LAND USE IN CRAIOVA METROPOLITAN AREA

Costela Iordache, Amalia Badita

Abstract


This study aims to present the structure of the land use categories and the capitalization of the agricultural land in Craiova metropolitan area. Craiova metropolitan area was formed through the voluntary association of 40 municipalities circumscribed to a distance of up to 30 km from the polarizing centre of Oltenia, and has a surface of approx. 226 thousands ha. In terms of land use categories this area is structured as follows: agricultural land (77.4%), forests (about 13%), water bodies and ponds, settlements, communication networks and unproductive surfaces (9.6%). In terms of cultivated areas and the average yields in 2011, the capitalization degree of the agricultural land is different, being determined by the percentage of the arable land, by the agricultural specialization, or by the proximity of the market for selling the products.

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