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CSO statistical release, 12 October 2016, 11am

Regional Accounts for Agriculture

2015

RegionNet SubsidiesOperating SurplusNet Subsidies as a % of Operating Surplus
 €m€m%
Border231.0348.766.3
Midland130.0147.987.9
West257.4372.669.1
Border, Midland and Western618.5869.171.2
Mid-East and Dublin112.8308.536.6
Mid-West187.5325.957.5
South-East176.4438.740.2
South-West224.0567.339.5
Southern and Eastern700.71,640.442.7
State 1,319.22,509.552.6

Net Subsidies accounted for 52.6% of Agricultural income

Regional Accounts for Agriculture 2015 Figure 1

In 2015, net subsidies accounted for 52.6% of agricultural income (operating surplus) at State level. In the Border, Midland and Western region, net subsidies accounted for 71.2% of agricultural income, while in the Southern and Eastern region net subsidies accounted for 42.7% of agricultural income. See above table, graph and Table 3.

An analysis of agriculture in the regions in the year 2015 shows that:

  •  The Southern and Eastern region produced 58.4% of national cattle output.
  •  Almost 80% of milk output came from the Southern and Eastern region.
  •  The Southern and Eastern Region accounted for more than 80% of the national cereal output.
  •  More than half (55.8%) of national sheep output and just under half (49.5%) of national pig output came from the Border, Midland and Western region.

 

BMWSE
Operating surplus34.665.4
Net Subsidies46.953.1
Intermediate consumption37.962.1
Goods output at producer prices35.564.5
Cereals19.980.1
Potatoes25.274.8
Milk20.179.9
Sheep55.844.2
Pigs49.550.5
Cattle41.658.4
Number of Farms*52.847.2
Agricultural area*44.255.8
Table 1 Regional Agricultural Accounts at NUTS 2 level 2014-2015
ItemBorder, Midland and WesternSouthern and EasternState
20142015 20142015 20142015
Livestock1,335.01,508.9 1,735.11,948.4 3,070.13,457.2
of which:        
cattle831.7984.7 1,180.61,380.8 2,012.32,365.5
pigs225.3228.0 246.0232.4 471.3460.3
sheep126.2135.1 105.5107.0 231.6242.1
         
Livestock products451.1415.1 1,700.11,522.6 2,151.21,937.7
of which:        
milk417.1375.2 1,676.01,496.1 2,093.11,871.3
         
Crops613.7608.2 1,133.81,128.8 1,747.51,737.0
of which:        
cereals55.252.4 225.3210.3 280.5262.7
root crops23.528.4 65.684.4 89.2112.8
forage plants392.6380.2 649.3628.4 1,041.81,008.6
         
Goods output at producer prices2,399.72,532.2 4,569.14,599.8 6,968.87,131.9
         
Contract work118.0116.9 240.8231.1 358.7348.0
         
Subsidies on products less taxes on products-4.3-10.2 -29.4-72.7 -33.7-82.9
         
Agricultural output at basic prices2,513.32,638.9 4,780.54,758.2 7,293.87,397.0
         
Intermediate consumption1,875.01,905.1 3,244.93,121.3 5,119.85,026.4
of which:        
feedingstuffs551.2564.1 745.3753.4 1,296.61,317.4
fertilisers166.9175.4 398.7389.7 565.6565.1
 financial intermediation services indirectly measured21.922.8 37.239.8 59.162.6
energy and lubricants174.7167.5 280.3232.8 455.0400.3
forage plants390.6379.0 646.5626.7 1,037.11,005.6
contract work118.0116.9 240.8231.1 358.7348.0
         
Gross value added at basic prices638.4733.8 1,535.61,636.9 2,174.02,370.7
         
Fixed capital consumption282.7282.3 480.3492.0 763.0774.2
         
Net value added at basic prices355.7451.5 1,055.31,145.0 1,411.01,596.5
         
Other subsidies less taxes on production676.2628.7 849.6773.4 1,525.81,402.1
         
Factor income1,031.81,080.2 1,905.01,918.3 2,936.82,998.5
         
Compensation of employees214.0211.1 281.7277.9 495.7489.0
         
 Operating surplus 1817.8869.1 1,623.21,640.4 2,441.12,509.5
         
1 This is calculated before deduction of interest payments on borrowed capital and land rental paid by farmers to landowners.
Table 2 Regional Agricultural Accounts at NUTS 3 level 2015
ItemLivestockLivestock ProductsCropsGoods Output at Producer PricesIntermediate ConsumptionGross Value Added at basic pricesNet Subsidies 1Operating Surplus
Region        
Border        
Value €m608.9185.3302.91,097.1821.5312.3231.0348.7
% of State total17.69.617.415.416.313.217.513.9
        
Midland        
Value €m426.3140.7154.5721.5566.7182.6130.0147.9
% of State total12.37.38.910.111.37.79.95.9
        
West         
Value €m473.789.1150.8713.6516.9238.9257.4372.6
% of State total13.74.68.710.010.310.119.514.8
        
Border, Midland and Western (value €m)1,508.9415.1608.22,532.21,905.1733.8618.5869.1
        
Mid-East and Dublin        
Value €m343.3149.7341.3834.3495.6364.5112.8308.5
% of State total9.97.719.611.79.915.48.612.3
        
Mid-West        
Value €m417.5285.6135.4838.5630.1242.3187.5325.9
% of State total12.114.77.811.812.510.214.213.0
        
South-East        
Value €m601.1454.4394.41,449.91,013.2494.0176.4438.7
% of State total17.423.522.720.320.220.813.417.5
        
South-West        
Value €m586.4632.8257.81,477.1982.3536.1224.0567.3
% of State total17.032.714.820.719.522.617.022.6
        
Southern and Eastern (value €m)1,948.41,522.61,128.84,599.83,121.31,636.9700.71,640.4
         
State (value €m)3,457.21,937.71,737.07,131.95,026.42,370.71,319.22,509.5
         
1 Net subsidies: Subsidies on products less taxes on products plus subsidies on production less taxes on production.
Table 3 Net Subsidies1 and Operating Surplus by Region€m
Region   
201320142015
   
Border   
Net subsidies 250.8248.6231.0
Operating surplus299.0343.1348.7
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus83.972.566.3
    
Midland   
Net subsidies 154.3147.9130.0
Operating surplus124.8129.9147.9
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus123.6113.887.9
    
West   
Net subsidies 272.6275.4257.4
Operating surplus321.1344.8372.6
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus84.979.969.1
    
Border, Midland and Western   
Net subsidies 677.7671.8618.5
Operating surplus744.9817.8869.1
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus91.082.171.2
    
Mid-East and Dublin   
Net subsidies 128.5128.2112.8
Operating surplus302.4275.5308.5
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus42.546.536.6
    
Mid-West   
Net subsidies 220.8214.9187.5
Operating surplus346.7336.1325.9
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus63.763.957.5
    
South-East   
Net subsidies 221.9213.2176.4
Operating surplus381.0372.0438.7
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus58.257.340.2
    
South-West   
Net subsidies 268.2263.9224.0
Operating surplus580.7639.6567.3
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus46.241.339.5
    
Southern and Eastern   
Net subsidies 839.4820.2700.7
Operating surplus1,610.81,623.21,640.4
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus52.150.542.7
    
State   
Net subsidies 1,517.11,492.11,319.2
Operating surplus2,355.72,441.12,509.5
Net subsidies as a % of operating surplus64.461.152.6
    
1 Net subsidies: Subsidies on products less taxes on products plus subsidies on production
less taxes on production.

Background Notes

About this Release             

The Regional Accounts for Agriculture release provides a regional breakdown of figures already published at State level in the Output, Input and Income in Agriculture – Final Estimate releaseBoth publications are prepared using similar methodology and definitions of the accounts items, which are described in the Background Notes of the Output, Input and Income in Agriculture release.  

In the absence of the actual regional value data, the values of output and input accounts items at State level are apportioned to each region using a set of appropriate allocators. Derived variables, such as Gross Value Added at Basic Prices (GVA) or Operating Surplus are then calculated separately for each region. For example,

GVA at basic prices = Agricultural Output at basic prices – Intermediate consumption

Operating Surplus =    GVA at basic prices – Compensation of employees 

                              –  Fixed capital consumption 

                              + Other subsidies less taxes on production

The choice of allocator used to distribute State values to the regions varies for each accounts item. For example, for cattle output the allocator is total number of cattle less the number of dairy cows in each region, for pigs and sheep output it is the number of pigs and sheep in June of the reference year, for milk output it is the number of dairy cows multiplied by the average output per cow in the region etc.

Most of the items of intermediate consumption, such as expenditure on fertilisers, crop protection products, energy and lubricants, maintenance and repair, veterinary expenses and expenditure on other goods and services, are allocated based on the average expenditures per farm in each region, as measured by the National Farm Survey conducted annually by Teagasc.

Due to the indirect nature of the methodology described above more reliance should be placed on the changes between the years rather than on the absolute value of the figures for any one year.

The regional results presented in this release relate to each region as a whole. Thus the regional values of the account items, including operating surplus, are not necessarily spread uniformly throughout the region.

Regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) classification used by Eurostat. The NUTS 3 regions correspond to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994. The NUTS 2 regions are groupings of the NUTS 3 regions. The composition of the regions is set out below.

 

Border, Midland and Western NUTS 2 Region

Border                                      Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo

Midland                                     Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath

West                                         Galway City, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

 

Southern and Eastern NUTS 2 Region

Dublin                                        Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin

Mid-East                                     Kildare, Meath and Wicklow

Mid-West                                    Clare, Limerick City, Limerick and North Tipperary

South-East                                 Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford City, Waterford and Wexford                  

South-West                                Cork City, Cork and Kerry

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