This publication uses data collected from the three most recent Household Budget Surveys to give estimates of the overall income situation of agricultural households in Ireland. This income comprises not only income from farming, but also income from other gainful activities, rental income, social transfers and other sources.
Four different definitions of farm household are considered, details of which are included in the publication. The figures quoted below are based on the definition of an agricultural household as one where the income from agriculture constitutes the main source of income of the head of household.
Some of the findings emerging from this analysis are:
Following the change to a decoupled system, a large amount of arrears of subsidies was paid in 2005. This would have increased agricultural income in that year but was purely a timing effect.
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