Estimated 2.7 million hectares the area under cultivation of regrowing raw materials in Germany was Germany’s biomass, especially for electricity and biofuels 2016 on a level similar to 2015 farmers of produced 2016 to about 16 percent of the agricultural area. Claimed the largest share with nearly 1.5 million hectares of energy crops for biogas plants, about two-thirds of them were corn, one-third of other energy plants such as grasses, cereals, beets and legumes. The cultivation of permanent crops mixed herbaceous as bio-gas substrate has doubled overall still low level of 400 to 800 hectares.
Rape, cereals and sugar beet for the manufacture of biofuels were together about 960,000 hectares.
Domestic cultivation for the production of industrial commodities continue to moves to a stable but low level of just under 300,000 ha. It is dominated by rapeseed oil for technical purposes and industrial strength. Sugar beet for industrial sugar and medicines and dye followed by about 12,000 hectares with clear distance. It is gratifying that the cultivation of fibre plants (hemp) has risen slightly.
Source: FNR, press release, 2017-04-20.