Teagasc Sustainability Report Highlights Farming Income Gap

Teagasc has today (Tuesday, March 26) released a new report on sustainability, which “demonstrates the state of play” among various types of agriculture in Ireland.

Waiting game - Many parts of rural Ireland are still lacking in high-speed broadband

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The report, produced by Teagasc economists, uses data that was gathered through the organisation’s 2017 National Farm Survey; the report tracks the performance of Irish farms in terms of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

According to Teagasc, the report highlights the income gap between dairy farmers and other types of farms in Ireland, something that has accelerated with the growth of Irish milk production in recent years.

As well as that, the report also shows that there is a wide range of income disparity among farmers within the same farm type, something Teagasc says “tends to be overlooked”.

In recent years, the National Farm Survey has taken on a more environmental outlook, introducing metrics for, among other things, agricultural emissions; today’s report included metrics for ammonia emissions for the first time.

Emissions efficiency is improving among Irish farms, according to Dr. Cathal Buckley, the economist who authored the report; however, the report also says that emissions are increasing over time on farms that are expanding in size.

The report also underlines the relationship between economic profitability and emissions efficiency; according to the data, the most emissions-efficient farms tend to be the most profitable ones.

Teagasc explains that the report is representative of about 90,000 farms across Ireland, but does not cover the smallest farms in the country; these farms will be tracked in a separate survey to be carried out next year.

The report was officially launched at a conference in Ashtown, Co. Dublin today, where attendees heard the next steps Teagasc intends to take in measuring farm sustainability; this will involve, among other things, measuring farm habitat biodiversity, which the organisation says will be done in a “cost-effective” and “highly accurate” manner.

According to Prof. Gerry Boyle, Teagasc director, “the breadth of detail now available in the sustainability report means that the report is an exemplar for other organisations to follow internationally”.

Teagasc has made the report available online, which can be found here.

Teagasc National Farm Survey – Sustainability Report 2017 – Buckley et al

Oireachtais Climate Action Committee Report – Climate Change A Cross Party Consensus for Action – 28-03-2019


(Source – Agriland – Charles O Donnell – 26/03/2019)


Revealed: County By County Breakdown Of Areas With Most Disposable Income

Dublin residents enjoy highest level of disposable income Border and Midlands fare worst

Dublin residents enjoy highest level of disposable income Border and Midlands fare worst


People living in Dublin enjoy the greatest level of disposable income with an average of €24,431 – some 18.4pc higher than the average State figure of €20,638.

The figures were issued by the Central Statistics Office this morning (Wednesday, 03/04/2019), and were for 2016.

The CSO looked at figures in  a total of eight areas – the Border and West areas in the Northern and Western regions; the Mid West, South East and South West ares in the Southern region; and Dublin, the Mid East and the Midland ares in the Eastern and Midland Regions.

Outside of Dublin, another four areas had a level of disposable income almost on a par with the national average.

These were the Mid West (€20,306), the South East (€19,387), the South West (€19,784) and the Mid East (€19,911).

The remains regions had disposable income levels well below the national average – the Border area recorded an average of €17,370, the West recorded €18,363, and the Midlands recorded an average of €17,717. The Border was the lowest of the eight areas, and is 15.8pc below the national average. The Midlands was the second lowest, coming in at 14.1pc below the national average.

“The gap between the maximum and minimum value of per capita disposable income, on a regional basis, increased from €6,617 in 2015 to €7,061 in 2016, due to Dublin regional incomes increasing by €982, while those of the lowest region, Border, increased by €538,” noted the CSO.

It added that in 2016, Dublin, Limerick, Kildare and Wicklow were the only counties where per capita disposable income exceeded the State average, with Carlow, Cork and Waterford just below.

It said that Dublin remains the only region where per capita disposable income was higher than the State average during the entire 2007-2016 period.

Disposable household income is household income minus taxes. In Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Limerick and Cork, primary income noticeably exceeded disposable income in 2016, said the CSO.

County Breakdown of Disposable Income per Person

Carlow: €19,943

Cavan: €18,102

Clare: €18,145

Cork: €20,125

Donegal: €15,892 PP-index-2019-768x457

Dublin: €24,431

Galway: €19,046

Kerry: €18,567

Kildare: €20,860

Kilkenny: €18,928

Laois: €17,684

Leitrim: €18,738

Limerick: €21,979

Longford: €17,542

Louth: €18,359

Mayo: €17,650

Meath: €19,670

Monaghan: €17,639

Offaly: €17,039

Roscommon: €17,145

Sligo: €19,277

Tipperary: €19,880

Waterford: €20,101

Westmeath: €18,430

Wexford: €18,921

Wicklow: €20,174


(Source – Irish Independent – Business, Irish – 03/04/2019)

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