The popularity of organically produced food is increasing in the Czech Republic, with sales of organic food growing by 25-30% annually over the last three years, according to a Czech marketing company.

"Last year turnover on the organic food market moved between CZK150m and CZK200m (US$5.3m-7.0m), of which exports accounted for around one fifth," Tomas Vaclavik, of Green marketing, was quoted by CTK Business News as saying.

According to the marketing company's estimates, 55% of all organically produced food sold in the Czech Republic is sold in supermarkets, 25% is sold in specialised shops, 10% by independent food retailers and 8% directly from the farm.

At the end of 2002, the country had around 235,000 hectares of organically farmed land, accounting for 5.5% of all farming land.