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Agriculture

The last century there was a large change in agricultural practices. Fifty years ago, the main part of Slovenia was covered with farms with had extensive agriculture. In many parts of Slovenia, like around Maribor and around Murska Sobota the agriculture intensified drastically.

On the other hand, till now people migrated to the cities or just abandoned the land because it management was to much of an effort. Due to this many calcereous grasslands with a high diversity of plants and insects are overgrown by bushes.

Last decenia the government subsidises the production of mayze. Many species rich meadows are therefore changed into fields with the logical loss of biodiversity.

Another problem for the future is that people started agriculture in vulnerable areas like Kocevje forest. This is one of the last primary forest in Slovenia.

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