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Agri-Food and the Economy

The Agri-Food sector is Ireland’s most important indigenous industry, playing a vital role in Ireland’s economy.  The sector employed over 164,400 people or 7.1% of total employment in 2019. Some 137,500 farms producing over €8 billion in output, over 770,000 hectares of forest, and over 2,000 fishing vessels and aquaculture sites producing fish with a value of €770 million underpin the sector.