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Compendium of Irish Agricultural Statistics 2006

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, today announced the publication of the Compendium of Irish Agricultural Statistics 2006 compiled by her Department. Included in the Compendium is data on GDP and GNP since 1973; total employment and employment in the agri-food sector since 1975, as well as data on farm structures for the EU-25 and a breakdown of each Member State's share of agricultural production.

"The data contained within the Compendium represents an essential reference source for everyone involved in the sector, including investors, researchers, students and policy makers" said the Minister. "The Compendium illustrates how the Irish agri-food sector has evolved and where it stands currently from both a national perspective as well as against certain international benchmarks. In addition, there is a wealth of statistics and tables covering the sector and its value within the wider economy in terms of production, value-added, employment, and exports."

The Compendium includes up-to-date statistics from the Central Statistics Office, the recently published Teagasc, National Farm Survey and other sources.

The Compendium illustrates the hugely important contribution of the agri-food sector to the changing dynamic of the Irish economy. For example, in the years between 1995 and 2004, the Gross Value Added (GVA) attributable to the sector increased by almost 60%. Agri-food exports of approaching €7.6bn in 2005 also indicate the importance of the sector.

Some statistics of note from the agri-food sector include:

  • Ireland has received over €2.2 billion in EU agriculture support in 2005 and over €38 billion since joining the EU.
  • Gross Value Added (GVA) in the agri-food sector is worth over €11 billion, representing almost 9% of GDP.

Compendium of Irish Agricultural Statistics 2006

29 November 2006

Date Released: 29 November 2006