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Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter One:

The Agri-Food Sector in the National Economy

1.1 The National Economy

1.2 Contribution of the Agri-Food Sector to the Economy

1.3 Public Expenditure

1.4 Agricultural Situation in Ireland

1.5 Outlook for Agriculture

Chapter Two:

Farm Income

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Farm Income in 2010

2.3 National Farm Survey 2009

2.4 Off-farm Employment Income

2.5 Direct Payments

2.6 Total Farm Household Income

2.7 Low Income Households

Chapter Three:

Agricultural Commodities and Inputs

3.1 Overview

3.2 Milk

3.3 Cattle

3.4 Sheep & Lambs

3.5 Pigs

3.6 Poultry & Eggs

3.7 Cereals

3.8 Horticulture & Potatoes

3.9 Intermediate Consumption in Agriculture (Inputs)

Chapter Four:

Farm Structures

4.1 Overview

4.2 Farm Numbers and Farm Size                        

4.3 Age Profile of Farmers                             

4.4 Off-farm Employment                            

4.5 Labour Input                                

4.6 Employment and Labour Input                    

4.7 Land Prices and Land Mobility                                 

4.8 Investment, Borrowings and Interest in Agriculture            

4.9 Competitiveness of Irish Farms

Chapter Five:

The Food Industry

5.1 Overview                                 

5.2 Size and Structure of the Food and Drinks Sector             

5.3 Exports of Food and Drink                        

Chapter Six:

The Consumer

6.1 Overview                                

6.2 Food Prices                                

6.3 Food Consumption                            

6.4 Retail Sector Price Surveys                        

6.5 Consumer and Retail Trends                        

6.6 Maintaining Confidence in the Food Chain                

Chapter Seven:

EU and International Agriculture Policy

7.1 Overview                                 

7.2 Benefits of the CAP to Ireland                         

7.3 International Comparisons of Agricultural Support            

7.4 EU and International Agricultural Policy Developments and Outlook

Chapter Eight:

National Context

8.1 Overview                                 

8.2 Rural Development Programme 2007-2013                

8.3 Health Check and the European Economic Recovery Package        

8.4 Food Harvest 2020                                

8.5 Estimates 2011                                

8.6 Income Tax Yield From Farmers                        

8.7 The Net Contribution of the Agri-Food Sector to the Inflow of Funds into Ireland     

Chapter Nine:

The Environment

9.1 Overview                                

9.2 Nitrates Directive                            

9.3 National Climate Change Strategy                    

9.4 Ammonia Emissions                            

9.4 CAP Reform & Cross Compliance                    

9.5 Rural Environment Protection Scheme                    

9.7 Organic Farming                            

9.8 Farm Waste Management Scheme                    

9.9 Biofuels                                    

9.10 Energy Crops                                

9.11 Biodiversity

9.12 Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes                                

Chapter Ten:

Forestry

10.1 Overview                                

10.2 Forest Cover in Ireland and the EU-25                    

10.3 Irish Woodflow                                

10.4 Size, Structure and Output of Irish Wood Processing Sector        

10.5 Socio-Economic Contribution of Forestry in Ireland            

10.6 Forest Strategy and Financial Support                     

10.7 Wood Biomass                                

10.8 Forestry and Climate Change

10.9 Outlook for Forestry Sector                        

Chapter Eleven:

Fisheries

11.1 Overview                                

11.2 The Irish Fishing Fleet                            

11.3 Primary Production from Fisheries                    

11.4 Seafood Market and Processing Sector                    

11.5 Employment in the Fisheries Sector                    

11.6 Key Policy Developments

Statistical Annex