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Absolute sizes are rarely quoted. e. the size which maximises output per man, is a variable dependent on several factors : the density of farm population expressed in the man/land ratio, the type of land use, determined on the one hand by the type of soil and on the other by the market; methods of production determined by the supply of capital and the level of technology. '9 Special legislation in France, Federal Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden ensures that when farmland falls vacant it should be used to enlarge neighbouring holdings.

Has concentrated on creating a common market for farm produce. Common prices are well above world prices. But little has been done by the Community to modernise or restructure West European farming. Expenditure from the guidance section of the FEOGA which in theory is devoted to structural improvements has in fact been used for land drainage, irrigation and the modernisation of marketing facilities. Such programmes are valuable in their own way but they are not what 52 is required to create a smaller, and hence more realistic, number of farms.

Neth. Lux. Belg. P. 37 19 30 79 39 53 36 Tractors/'000 ha farmland 104 84 87 187 242 137 255 Fertiliser used (kg)fha of farmland 18,883 3222 4465 7443 2980 13 710 Number of agricultural advisers Source: R. Froment and F. Gay, Geographic Economique: l'Europe occidentale d'economie liberate (Paris, 1970), p. 133. structures and marketing since the Second World War. These policies varied considerably. Italy imported much of its food and did not therefore exercise the same degree of intervention in home production as France, which was more self-sufficient.

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