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Agriculture in Ireland

General data Edit

The agriculture sector generates 2.4% of gross value added (GVA), 8.1% of Ireland’s exports and provides 5.8% of national employment.[1]

The agriculture and food production sector generates 7.2% of gross value added (GVA), 12.2% of Ireland’s exports and provides 8.8% of national employment.[1]

Agriculture sector = Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry:

Year  % of GVA  % of exports  % of employment Notes
2013 2.4 % 8.1 % 5.5 % [1][2]
2012 2.4 % 7.3 % 4.9 % [2][3]
2011 2.7 % 7.1 % 4.6 % [3][4]
2010 - 5.8 % - % [4]
2009 2.1 % - % 5.0 % [4][5]
2008 2.3 % 6.0 % 5.4 % [6][5]
2007 2.5 % 6.0 % 5.5 % [7][5]

Agriculture and food production sector = Agriculture sector + food, beverages & tobacco (in GVA & exports only) and wood processing sectors.

Year  % of GVA  % of exports  % of employment Notes
2013 7.2 % 12.2 % 8.6 % [1]
2012 7.1 % 11.0 % 7.9 % [2][3]
2011 7.7 % 10.6 % 7.5 % [3][4]
2010 - 9.8 % - % [4]
2009 6.2 % - % 7.5 % [4][5]
2008 6.1 % 10.0 % 8.3 % [6][5]
2007 6.6 % 10.5 % 8.2 % [5][7]

Land use Edit

The land area of Ireland is 6.9 million hectares, of which 4.5 million hectares is used for agriculture and a further 730,000 hectares for forestry.[1] 81% of agricultural area is devoted to pasture, hay and grass silage (3.63 million hectares), 11% to rough grazing (0.47 million hectares) and 8% to crops, fruit & horticulture production (0.38 million hectares).[1] The average land price in Ireland in 2013 was estimated to be €9,400 per acre.[1]

In 2010 there were 139,860 farms compared to 141,527 farms in June 2000.[8][1] The utilized agricultural area increased by 2.8% over the ten year period, from 4,443,071 hectares in June 2000 to 4,569,359 hectares in June 2010.[8] The average size of agricultural holding increased from 31.4 hectares to 32.7.[8]

In 2005 there were 132,700 farms, with an average size of agricultural holding of 31.8 hectares.[7]

Land use - by crop (thousand hectares):

Year Total area Pasture Silage Hay Rough grazing Cereals Potatoes
&Sugar beet
Other Crops,
Fruit and
Horticulture
Notes
2006 4,261.1 1,932.7 1,211.2 264.6 471.0 279.8 13.8 88.0 [9]

Price of land by year, in euros per acre:

Year Euros/acre Notes
2013 9,400 [1]
2012 9,954 [2]
2011 8,708 [3]
2010 8,741 [4]
2009 10,222 [6]
2008 15,867 [5]
2004 16,261 [7]

Workforce Edit

In 2014, the Employment in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing was 109,900.[1]

The total employment in the Agri-Food Sector was 168,300, of which:[1]

  • Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing - 109,900
  • Food - 48,500
  • Beverages - 5,400
  • Wood processing - 4,500

Employment in the Agri-Food Sector:

Year Agriculture Food Beverages Wood processing Forestry Fishing Total Notes
2012 82,400 44,200 5,800 4,000 2,800 1,900 141,100 [3]

Livestock Edit

Livestock in Ireland - FAO statistics

Year Cattle Pigs Sheeps Poultry Notes
2012 6,754,100 1,570,600 5,170,000 16,590,000 [10]

Crops Edit

2012 production:

Product Production (tonnes) Area (ha) Yield
(kilos/ha)
Seed (tonnes) Notes
Wheat 708,000 98,000 7,224 12,000 [11]
Barley 1,261,000 192,800 6,540 32,000 [11]
Oats 157,000 23,700 6,624 5,000 [11]
Potato 232,000 9,000 25,777 40,000 [11]
Sugar beet 1,395,000 31,000 45,000 - [11]

Note: Sugar beet production numbers are for 2005

Value of Output Edit

Value of Output, in million euros:

Year Total Livestock Livestock Products Crops Notes
2013 7,255.6 3,158.8 2,133.8 1,963.1 [12]
2012 6,701.3 3,093.0 1,693.3 1,915.0 [12]
2011 6,301.1 2,645.8 1,891.3 1,763.9 [12]
2010 5,365.2 2,264.5 1,582.7 1,518.0 [12]
2009 4,754.6 2,222.8 1,153.9 1,377.9 [12]
2008 5,880.3 2,541.6 1,681.5 1,657.1 [12]
2007 5,727.5 2,378.7 1,716.1 1,632.7 [12]

Imports - Exports Edit

In 2013 Ireland exported just under €10 billion of Food & Beverages, a result in large measure of Ireland’s high level of self sufficiency in many products.[1]

References Edit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Fact Sheet on Irish Agriculture - October 2014, DAFM - [1] - [2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Fact sheet on Irish Agriculture - October 2013, DAFM
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Fact sheet on Irish Agriculture - December 2012, DAFM
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Fact sheet on Irish Agriculture - June 2011, DAFM
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Factsheet on Irish Agriculture - December 2009, DAFM
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Factsheet on Irish Agriculture - August 2010, DAFM
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Factsheet on Irish Agriculture - October 2008, DAFM
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Teagasc - Agriculture in Ireland, Teagasc.ie
  9. Agricultural Surveys, DAFM - [3]
  10. FAOSTAT: Live Animals, 1961-2013, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 FAOSTAT: Production-Crops-Yields, 1961-2013, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Value of Output, Central Statistics Office

External links Edit


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