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Regional Accounts for Agriculture


RegionNet SubsidiesOperating SurplusNet Subsidies as a % of Operating Surplus
Northern and Western582.1907.164.2
Dublin and Mid-East160.1378.742.3
Eastern and Midland315.0596.352.8
State 1,636.73,456.947.3

Net Subsidies accounted for 47.3% of Agricultural income

Regional Accounts for Agriculture 2017 Figure 1
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In 2017, net subsidies accounted for 47.3% of agricultural income (operating surplus) at State level. In the Northern and Western region, net subsidies accounted for 64.2% of agricultural income, in the Southern region net subsidies accounted for 37.9% of agricultural income and in the Eastern and Midland region net subsidies amounted to 52.8% of agricultural income.  See above table, graph and Table 3.

An analysis of agriculture in the regions in the year 2017 shows that:

  • The Southern region accounted for 54.5% of goods output by Irish agriculture.
  • Over 72% of total milk output was produced in the Southern region.
  • Just over 50% of national sheep output originated from the Northern and Western region.
  • The Eastern and Midland accounted for 47.7% of cereal and 56.6% of potatoes output of the country.
  • Over half (51.8%) of all expenses on the items of intermediate consumption were incurred by the farms in the Southern region.