Andorra - Agriculture

Andorra's territory is ill-suited for agriculture, comprising mostly rugged mountains traversed by narrow valleys

Country Telephones a Telephones, Mobile/Cellular a Radio Stations b Radios a TV Stations a Televisions a Internet Service Providers c Internet Users c
Andorra 32,946 (1998) 14,117 (1998) AM 0; FM 15; shortwave 0 16,000 0 27,000 1 5,000
United States 194 M 69.209 M (1998) AM 4,762; FM 5,542; shortwave 18 575 M 1,500 219 M 7,800 148 M
France 34.86 M (1998) 11.078 M (1998) AM 41; FM about 3,500; shortwave 2 55.3 M 584 (1995) 34.8 M 62 9 M
Spain 17.336 M (1999) 8.394 M (1999) AM 208; FM 715; shortwave 1 13.1 M 224 (1995) 16.2 M 56 4.6 M
a Data is for 1997 unless otherwise noted.
b Data is for 1998 unless otherwise noted.
c Data is for 2000 unless otherwise noted.
SOURCE: CIA World Factbook 2001 [Online].

with scarce arable land making up only 2-3 percent of the total area. Pasture lands suitable for sheep grazing cover about 45 percent of the territory, mostly the lower mountain slopes, and forests cover approximately 35 percent of the land. Agriculture, nevertheless, was the core of the Andorran economy until the boom in tourist activities in the 1950s. Sheep raising has usually been the principal agricultural activity, but tobacco growing, although limited, has been more lucrative, especially given the long-time Andorran tradition of smuggling tobacco products into the neighboring regions of France and Spain. Apart from the timber-related activities, agriculture products currently include small quantities of tobacco, rye, wheat, barley, oats, vegetables, and sheep products. Most food has to be imported from France and Spain.

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