This article is part of our special report Farmers under pressure.
Challenges ranging from volatile markets, high input costs and the Russian ban on agricultural exports to sluggish Chinese demand, have put a great deal of pressure on the income of EU farmers.
According to Eurostat, the 2008-2009 crisis severely hurt EU agricultural income. But in 2010, it recovered and continued to grow in 2011.
In 2015, agricultural income was 33.6% higher compared to 2005. Earnings rose on average by 4% annually over the period 2005-2010, while between 2010-2015, the rate of change for agricultural income slowed, rising on average by 1.9 % per annum.
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