With the world population and the demand for food and agricultural products rising, a boost in agricultural productivity has become fundamental to guarantee a sufficient and sustainable global food supply. The latest technological developments are used to enhance agricultural productivity and make farms more connected and intelligent. Smart farming and agri-robotic solutions are set to become the most influential agricultural trends. They aid farmers in improving operational efficiency combined with more sustainable usage of resources. Additionally, the demand for methods such as vertical farming is expected to increase largely in order to use vertical space and to reduce the need for agricultural land.

Organic farming represents a special sector within the agriculture industry which is currently gaining more and more popularity. It applies a method of crop production which abstains the use of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones.

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Agriculture is one of the oldest industries which includes the primary sectors of farming, forestry, and fishery & aquaculture. Farming comprises the cultivation of crops and livestock for food supply or use as biofuel. The forestry sector covers the management of forests in order to produce raw materials and use wood in a sustainable way. Statista provides figures on production and production value and highlights leading producers on both a national and international level. Statista also covers infrastructure information such as commodity prices and income levels, as well as major exporters and importers for each category.

The third subbranch of this industry is fishery & aquaculture, which is an industrial sector dealing with raising or harvesting fish for food production or further processing. For this sector, a broad range of data on the number of domestic landings, annual prices for different fish species, generated sales, and trade statistics are presented.

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