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Creed launches Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Minister Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today launched his Department’s Annual Review and Outlook for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 2016 - 2017.  “This very useful publication brings together information and statistics on a variety of key topics which impact on the agri-food sector”, Minister Creed said.

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and continues to play a crucial role in Ireland’s economy, with a turnover of €26 billion, contributing 7.6% of GDP and generating 10.3% of all exports in 2016. The value of exports increased by about 2% in 2016 to reach €12.2 billion, marking growth of over 56% since 2009. The sector also makes a significant contribution to employment, particularly in rural areas, accounting for 8.6% of total employment.

A new Trade chapter in this year’s edition provides detailed information on exports by sector and by export destination.

“Having a strong evidence base is essential for policy formation and implementation. I am confident that the data included in the Annual Review and Outlook will inform policy analysis and debate over the next year” the Minister concluded.

Note for Editors:

The Annual Review & Outlook for Agriculture, Food and Marine 2016/2017 is available on the Department’s website at:


To view this Press release as a PDF: DAFMPR 147/2017 (pdf 424Kb) 

Date Released: 27 July 2017