Ireland


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AGRICULTURE

 

The farm subsidies of the European Union should drop noticeably since Irish agriculture has modernized and farmers' incomes have increased fairly . Even though more than half of farm products is exported, Ireland suffers from the consequences of the "mad cow" disease. For the export markets, the livestock is often assimilated to the one of Great Britain and this situation is very prejudicial for the country.


Agricultural population (in thousands)

Total population

3 999

Agricultural population

354

Non agricultural population

3 645

Source : 2004, FAOSTAT


Land use

Cultivated surface area

4 370 000

Irrigated surface area

n.c.

Number of farms

132 670

Number of tractors

155 000

Source : 2003, FAOSTAT


Production indicators

Main crops

Product Production (in thousands) Harvested surface (1000 ha) Yield by hectare (kg/ha)
Sugar beet 1395 31 45000
Barley 1025 165 6230
Wheat 798 95 8428
Potatoes 422 12 34553
Oats 111 16 6718

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT

Livestock


Specie Headcount (in thousands)
Chickens 12700
Cattle 6888
Sheep 4557
Pigs 1681
Turkeys 1650

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT


Fishing (in metric tons)



Shellfish, mollusks and cephalopods Saltwater fish Freshwater fish
60 409 246 289 n.c.

Source : 2005, FAOSTAT