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Annual Review and Outlook 2018 gives snapshot of agriculture in Ireland

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

Ireland’s top five agriculture export market in 2018 are the UK, US, China, Netherlands and France. That’s just one of the many interesting facts released this week in the Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2018.

The report also found that the average family farm income for full time farmers in 2017 increased by 32 per cent to €31,374, while 49 per cent of farm holders or their spouses had an off-farm income in 2107.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Cork TD Michael Creed this week launched the Annual Review. He stated: “Agriculture is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry, with the agri-food sector continuing to play a vital role in Ireland’s economy, with a turnover of €26 billion, contributing 7.8 per cent of gross national income and generating over 11 per cent of total exports in 2017. Employing over 174,000 people, the sector makes a significant contribution to employment, particularly in rural and coastal areas.”

The Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2018 brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a detailed examination of Ireland’s agri-food sector, and an outlook for the future. This year’s publication includes chapters on farm incomes and structures, agricultural commodities and inputs, trade, forestry and climate change.

Case studies throughout highlight topics including women in agriculture, social farming initiatives funded through the Rural Innovation and Development Fund, the future of CAP post 2020 and the launch of a new online international market access tool.

The portal (www.marketaccess.agriculture.gov.ie/) was developed by the Department as part its action plan on intensifying international market access, a key Brexit response, and in line with the market development theme of the Food Wise 2025 strategy. The portal provides information across some of the major export sectors of dairy, meat, seafood and live animals.

Minister Creed added: “The policy framework of the agri-food sector needs to evolve and change in response to European and international developments, such as CAP reform, Brexit and trade policy. I believe a strong evidence base is essential for policy formation and implementation and am confident that the information and statistics included in the Annual Review and Outlook will assist in policy analysis and debate in the sector over the next year.”

The Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2018 along with previous iterations can be found on the Department’s website www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/agri-foodandtheeconomy/economicpublications/.

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