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4th Business Statistics Seminar

Agriculture and Food Seminar - 22nd November 2012


The theme of the seminar will be Agriculture and Food. The Agriculture and Food sectors are extremely important to the Irish economy, providing over 140,000 jobs and contributing an annual output of approximately €20 billion.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the ongoing work that is being undertaken by some of the key users of CSO’s agricultural statistics and the role that statistics and information play in determining national and international policy on Agriculture & Food. 

The key topics which will be considered are

  • The Food Sector
  • Policy development and analysis in Agriculture
  • Environmental issues in Agriculture
  • Agricultural statistics

The seminar will be of interest to:

- Agricultural organisations
- Government officials
- Academics and researchers
- Anyone interested in agriculture or the agri-food sector


Seminar Programme is now available.


Venue: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle

Time: 13.30

Date: 22nd November, 2012

To Register: Email:


Contact: Fionnuala Murray @ 021-453 5495


Summary of Proceedings


Agriculture Scene 

The 4th Business Statistics Seminar was hosted by CSO on 22nd November 2012 in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. The theme for this seminar was Agriculture and Food.

This seminar series provides an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the interesting work that has been done using CSO and other complementary data. It also offers an ideal forum for statisticians and data users and suppliers to meet and discuss issues of interest, such as data quality, scope, methodology, and new or emerging data needs.

The Agriculture and Food sectors are extremely important to the Irish economy, contributing an annual output of approximately €20 billion, accounting for over 10% of total exports, and providing over 140,000 jobs. Agricultural statistics play a vital role in providing information on the performance of the sector and this seminar provided some insight into exactly how agricultural statistics feed into areas such as emissions calculations for Agriculture, CAP reform, and many more policy issues.

The Agriculture Seminar included presentations from CSO speakers and guest speakers from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Teagasc, the IFA, Bord Bia and the EPA.


The seminar programme included the following presentations:

  1. "Model based economic analysis of Irish agriculture using CSO data: achievements and future challenges" - Kevin Hanrahan, Teagasc
  2.  “The use of agricultural statistics in emission inventory calculation for agriculture” - Bernard Hyde, EPA
  3.  “Income estimates for Irish farmers, using self-assessment tax returns” - John Hayes, CSO
  4. “Supply of labour on Irish farms: An analysis of agricultural labour data from Census of Agriculture 2010” - Hilda McCarthy, CSO
  5. “Tracking the performance of Ireland's food and drink sector” - Peter Duggan, Bord Bia
  6. “Using administrative data to model CAP reform options" - Sinéad McPhillips, DAFM
  7. 'Informing the message' - the importance of CSO statistics for the farming sector - Rowena Dwyer, IFA


The seminar was chaired by Paul J. Crowley, Head of the Agriculture, Transport and Tourism Division of CSO. There were seven very interesting and thought provoking presentations from a mix of CSO and guest speakers, providing an interesting range of topics relating to Agriculture and Food, and resulting in a lively discussion.

There were approximately 60 people in attendance (including speakers and CSO staff), from a wide variety of organisations.

Attendess by Sector ‎

Analysis of the completed feedback questionnaires indicated that all of the attendees found the seminar useful, however some participants felt that there was not enough time allocated for discussions. The most common topics requested for future seminars were: Agriculture, Prices, Regional Issues, and Enterprise Statistics.


 ‎Requested Topics