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Ireland’s Agri-Business – Infographic

00 The Future of Ireland's Largest Indigenous Industry - Agri-Food & Fisheries - The Importance of the Sector 2$ Contributes a gross annual output of almost €24 billion. Directly employs over 150,000 people. Provides the outlet for the produce from Ireland's 128,000 family farms. Represents 60% of manufacturing exports by indigenous firms. Domestically sources 71% of its raw materials. Key Growth Targets for 2020 Increase the value of primary output in the agriculture, fisheries & forestry sector by Increase the value-added in Achieve an export target of the agri-food, fisheries & wood €12 billion for the sector. products sector by €1.5 billion. €3 billion. A 33% increase vs. the '07-'09 average. A 40% increase Vs. the '08 average. A 42% increase vs. the '07-'09 average. Major Markets, Exports by Destination 2009 & 2020* (% of exports) 2009 2020 50 43% 40% 40 34% 32% 30 20 10 9.5% 8% 7% 7% 6% 4% 4% 4% UK Other EU USA Asia Middle East Other Non EU Note: projected estimates. Breakdown of Agri- Food by Specific Sectors Irish beef & livestock production has an annual output value of €1.9 billion. Irish beef is currently stocked by over 70 European retailers. Live exports are estimated at 200,000 per annum & valued at €160 million. The profitability of Ireland's suckler cow herd could be increased by €200 million by 2020. Beef Key challenges include maintaining Irish beef's premium position in EU markets & closing the price gap between Irish & other premium competitors in the UK & EU. A growth of 20% in the output value of the sector is projected by 2020. The abolition of EU milk quotas in 2015 represents significant potential for increased milk production. Processing capacity must meet the expected increased milk supply. Initial costings are estimated at €400 million. The industry must engage with alternative options for financing the expansion in capacity. The milk processing industry must move towards a small number of scaled operators to drive efficiency & add value, in line with key international competitors. Dairy A growth of 50% increase in milk production by 2020 is projected. This 2.75 billion litre increase would enhance the primary output value of the sector by €700 million. Ireland's sheep sector has witnessed decreased production with reductions in flocks & pressure on income. It is expected that demand on the European market will outstrip production levels, which could provide opportunities for Ireland's export industry. Sheep When domestic consumption is included, it is estimated that the Irish sheep industry is worth €250 million, with over 2 of output exported. A growth in output value of 20% is projected by 2020. The pigmeat sector contributed €300 million to farm output in 2009. 470 commercial pig production units produced 2.8 million pigs. Worldwide pork consumption is expected to grow steadily. The main barrier to growth is low profitability at producer & processor level, high feed, energy & compliance costs, plus environmental constraints. Pigmeat A target of 50% growth in the value of output by 2020 is projected, if the barriers to growth are addressed. The focus would primarily be on improved sow productivity & a significant increase in the size of the national sow herd. The output value of poultry production is approximately €150 million annually. €120 million comes from poultry meat & €30 million from eggs. The sector is entirely domestically focused. Strong competition from imports is a major issue. Just under 2 of all poultry meat consumed in Ireland is produced here. 85% of eggs consumed in Ireland are produced in Ireland. Poultry Greater efficiencies are needed in cost effective energy, improved food conversion rates & an improvement in the quality of birds produced. A 10% increase in the value of poultry output could be achieved by 2020. The Irish seafood sector has an annual estimated sales O value of €700 million. It employs 11,000 people largely in coastal communities. Potential exists to capitalise on strong demand to increase revenue to €1 billion & employment to 14,000 full-time jobs by 2020, with a 78% increase in aquaculture volume production. Aquaculture growth is currently constrained due to licensing & funding difficulties arising from challenges in meeting EU environmental requirements. Seafood 88% of the fish caught in the Irish EEZ zone is by non-Irish vessels. If these were made available for sale in Ireland, they would benefit domestic processors. The horticulture & potato sector contributed approximately €370 million to farm output in 2009. Key markets include domestic retail & food services. Mushrooms destined for the UK market have a major export value of more than €100 million. The sector generates significant ancillary employment, but faces competitive pressures. Horticulture Key opportunities include replacing imported produce with home grown seasonal produce, supplying the organic market & diversification to meet S) ethnic food demands. Approximately 12,000 cereal growers produce Ireland's cereal output. 2 of these are specialised producers. More than 2 of the grain Ireland produces is used for animal feed purposes. The remainder is raw material for Ireland's brewing, distilling & flour milling industries. Cereals Optimising yields, tackling high costs & targeting higher priced domestic markets will be necessary to reverse the declining production trends. O Retention of an indigenous malting barley industry is important for the sector. The annual value of the domestic market is approximately €100 million with 1,500 producers. A significant percentage of the market is comprised of imports. There is considerable scope for exports of organic red meat. The sector offers real opportunities for Irish farmers & food processors. Organic Large export markets include Germany & the UK, an organic market that exceeds €2 billion. An increase in organic land use from 1% to 5% is ambitious, but could reap significant rewards. Statistics Source: Food Harvest 2020, a Vision for Irish Agri-Food and Fisheries, References www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/agri-foodindustry/foodharvest2020/2020FoodHarvestEng240810.pdf www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/foodharvest2020 IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL www.farmersjournal.ie

Ireland’s Agri-Business – Infographic

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This info-graphic takes an interesting look at Ireland's indigenous agri-food and fisheries industries. Browse through the interesting stats and figures set out in this design.

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