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The agriculture and food sectors in Ireland account for:

  • 7.0% of GVA at Factor Cost
  • 7.7% of employment
  • 10.5% of total exports
  • A significant proportion (circa 32%) of Net Foreign Earnings from exports.

The Irish Government's commitment to the agri-food sector remains strong. In the Supplementary Estimate for 2012, the Exchequer is providing €1.339 billion for agriculture, fisheries and food and public expenditure will amount to over €2.639 billion when the Department's Vote is combined with EU funding of €1.3 billion.   The high proportion of expenditure on local raw material and services as well as the dispersed nature and composition of the sector will ensure that the agri-food sector will play an integral part in the recovery of our economic success and the continued viability of rural and coastal areas.

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