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Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2020

The Annual Review and Outlook provides up-to-date information and statistical analysis from a variety of sources, to provide a detailed overview of Ireland’s agri-food sector and an outlook for the future.

A strong evidence base is essential for policy formation and implementation. The information and statistics included in the Annual Review and Outlook is intended to assist in policy analysis and debate in the sector. The agri-food sector is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry, playing a vital role in Ireland’s economy. Irish food is produced by thousands of farmers, fishers and agri-food companies around the country.
137,000 farms produce over €8 billion in output; and we have over 770,000 hectares of forest and over 2,000fishing vessels & aquaculture sites. The agri-food supply chain stretches from rural and coastal areas all across Ireland to the UK, Europe and further to markets in the Americas, Asia and Africa. In 2019 Ireland’s food and Agri- foods products were exported to over 180 markets worldwide and valued at €14.5 billion, a 63% increase from €8.9 billion in 2010. The sector is thriving and continues to evolve and meet the needs of its customers, both domestically and internationally.

This year’s publication includes chapters on the agri-food sector & the economy, farm incomes & structures, agricultural commodities & inputs, trade, the environment, forestry, marine and EU & international policy.