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Agri-Food and the Economy

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 8.4% of the working population. Collectively, the sector achieved revenues of €26 Billion in 2015, contributing enormously to the viability of Ireland’s rural and coastal communities. The agri-food sector is export-orientated accounting for 10.7% of merchandise exports In addition, further growth opportunities are identified in DAFM’s ‘Food Wise 2025” strategy which aims to position Ireland as a world leader in sustainable agri-food production.