Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of An Taoiseach

National Statistics

5:00 am

Photo of John DeasyJohn Deasy (Waterford, Fine Gael)
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Question 63: To ask the Taoiseach the number of full-time farmers in Waterford in each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44693/10]

Photo of John CurranJohn Curran (Minister of State, Department of Defence; Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)
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The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The Farm Structure Survey provides regional estimates and the following table shows the latest figures for the South-East region in June 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007 (the latest year currently available).

Number of farms in the South-East region - June 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007

YearFarmwork is sole occupation of farm ownerFarmwork is not sole occupation of farm ownerTotal
2000*10,5006,40016,900
200310,2006,10016,300
20059,6006,30016,000
20078,8006,30015,100

*June 2000 Census of Agriculture

The South-East region comprises counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Figures at county level are only available from the 2000 Census of Agriculture. There were 2,800 farms in County Waterford on 1June 2000; on 1,700 of these, farmwork was the owner's sole occupation. The 2010 Census of Agriculture took place on June 1st 2010. Results from the Census

will be compiled and published in mid-late 2012.

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