The following table shows cultivated land areas in thousands of hectares for winter crops in a certain country from 2001 to 2005:
Calculate the increase or decrease of the total area of cultivated land from 2 001 to 2 002.
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.