# 7.3.1. Reading and Interpreting Data

The following table shows cultivated land areas in thousands of hectares for winter crops in a certain country from 2001 to 2005:

Crops20012002200320042005
Wheat2 3412 4582 5792 6412 758
Beans375347338322293
Barely227239240239245
Clover2 4852 2022 2432 3982 172
Beet170157140157154
Vegetables778888838878832

Calculate the increase or decrease of the total area of cultivated land from 2 001 to 2 002.

85 000
hectares
• Bincreased by
85 000
hectares
• Cincreased by
87 000
hectares
• Ddecreased by
87 000
hectares

### Example

The following table shows cultivated land areas in thousands of hectares for winter crops in a certain country from 2001 to 2005:

Crops20012002200320042005
Wheat2 3412 4582 5792 6412 758
Beans375347338322293
Barely227239240239245
Clover2 4852 2022 2432 3982 172
Beet170157140157154
Vegetables778888838878832

Calculate the increase or decrease of the total area of cultivated land from 2 001 to 2 002.

### Solution

First find the amount of cultivated land in and in .

Then subtract to find the increase or decrease.

The area of cultivated land was less in than in , so the area decreased by hectares.

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