The average rent of agricultural land without buildings increased by more than 11% between 2000 and 2001, reaching a price of 442 euro per hectare. This is the average increase of all types of rent put together. Between 1999 and 2000 the increase was 17%. The average rent price for arable land and grassland, however, is still lower than the maximum rent price per region set by government, according to the latest figures by Statistics Netherlands.
The regular rent price for arable land and grassland (without buildings) increased by 13% in 2001 on 2000, reaching an average of 356 euro per hectare. The regular rent for grassland has been increasing significantly. In 2000 it went up by 14%, and in 2001 by 20% compared to the previous year.
The average regular rent price for arable land has always been higher than the regular price for grassland during the last 7 years. This despite the fact that the same maximum rent price was set for both types of land in 1995.
New types of rent
The new types of land rent introduced in 1995, namely the one off renting out of land and the renting out of individual pieces of land for crop growing, show above average rent price increases. Although the difference is getting slightly smaller, the rent price of crop growing rent is still almost twice as high as that for one off rent. Renters paid an average of more than 1200 euro in crop growing rent for the use of one hectare of arable land in 2001.
(source: Statistics Netherlands)