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Date Last Updated: 23-11-2020

Survey Name:

Census of Agriculture

Survey purpose:

To compile census data on crops, livestock, farm labour and miscellaneous agricultural items

Legislative Basis National:

Statistics Order (Census of Agriculture) 2020 (S.I. No. 281 of 2020), made under the Statistics Act, 1993

Legislative Basis European:

Regulation (EU) 2018/1091 of the European Parliament an of the Council


Ten Years

Statistical Population:

All farms (i.e. any enterprise that produced agricultural products for profit)

Sampling Frame:

A stand-alone CSO register is used, which holds all identified specialised farms in the state. This register is updated from registers from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Reference Area:

State, Region, County

Time Coverage:

1991 - 2010 (available on our website)

Base Period:

Not Applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not Applicable

Survey Size:

All farms in the population

Principal Variables:

Area farmed, principal crops, principal livestock categories, farm work force, labour input and general farm characteristics

Principal External Users:

Government, Eurostat, Agriculturalists, Researchers

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Cathal Doherty

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Paul Deane

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000