# 7.3.1. Reading and Interpreting Data

The table below shows the cultivated land areas in thousands of hectares for winter crops in a certain country over a period of five years 2001–2005. Calculate the increase or decrease in the total land area for the cultivation of beet from the year 2004 to the year 2005.

Crops20012002200320042005
Wheat2 3752 4402 5412 6512 766
Beans386359345324291
Barley243250231223247
Clover2 4322 4222 2292 2262 113
Beet164162154163159
Vegetables731882740740748
Total6 3316 5156 2406 3276 324
4 000
hectares
• Bincreased by
4 000
hectares
• Cdecreased by
3 000
hectares
• Dincreased by
3 000
hectares

### Example

The following table shows the cultivated land areas in thousands of hectares for winter crops in a certain country over a period of five years 2001–2005:

Crops2 0012 0022 0032 0042 005
Wheat2 3752 4402 5412 6512 766
Beans386359345324291
Barely243250231223247
Clover2 4322 4222 2292 2262 113
Beet164162154163159
Vegetables731882740740748
Total6 3316 5156 2406 3276 324

Calculate the increase or decrease of the total land area for the cultivation of beet from the year 2 004 to the year 2 005.

### Solution

First find the amount of cultivated land for beets in and in . Identify the value in the column for and and the row for "beets". The table represents the land areas in thousands of hectares, so multiply each value by .

Then subtract to find the increase or decrease.

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

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