Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission
No official data transmitted by Member States to the Commission (Eurostat) are as yet available on monoculture crops because the regulation (EC) No 1166/2008(1) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 concerning statistics on farm structure surveys and the survey on agricultural production methods covers an agricultural census for 2009/2010 and farm sample surveys for 2013 and 2016.
In addition to the launched agricultural census 2009/2010, countries accepted to carry out a survey on agricultural production methods used by agricultural holdings back to back to the agricultural census. In this sample survey on production methods under the item ‘Soil conservation’ one of the questions refers to the share of arable area out of the planned crop rotation which provides an estimate of arable land used for monoculture.
This data shall be transmitted to the Commission (Eurostat) by 31 December 2012 at the latest.