Written answers

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Farming Statistics

2:00 pm

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael)
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Question 16: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, further to Parliamentary Question No. 407 of 25 May 2010, the further progress that has been made with the estimates of future farm numbers in 2020 especially the demographic profile of farmers, as commissioned from the rural economy research centre of Teagasc by his Department as part of the 2020 strategy. [40537/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Teagasc have provided farm number estimates for 2020 which will be available to the Food Harvest High Level Implementation Committee at its next meeting. These figures focus on farm viability and do not include a demographic profile. Information on current farm demographics is published by the CSO and included in the Annual Review and Outlook published by my Department.

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