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An increasing number of farmers are now able to make a living from directly selling their local produce as demand for fresh products increases.
Many sell their produce at local farmer's markets or directly at their farms.
The new figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show that small and specialised farmers in particular are able to make an increasing income from such sales, at least slowing the trend towards larger farms.
New figures show that 400 out of the 9,000 registered farmers in the province of Salzburg sell their products directly to consumers rather than relying on supermarkets and middlemen.
Barbara Saller from the Association representing these independent sellers said: "More and more farmers are going back to basics selling their own products. This is very noticeable in smaller, more specialised farm businesses."
The number of farmers working on a full time basis and making a living form their business has increased from 4,200 in 2007 to 4,360 in 2010 in the Salzburg province. And 300 small business produce and directly sell their own cheese and other milk based products.
Farmer Johann Scheiber from Leogang in Pinzgau said: "I took over our family business and now am directly making a living form selling on our produce ourselves. Poeple want fresh produce direct from source - that way they know what they are getting."
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