Looking forward to a bumper harvest

Agriculture minister Simon Coveney hopes the recovery of the agri-food sector in 2011 will generate positive knock-on effects for other areas of the economy, writes Niamh Connolly.

1st January, 2012
Looking forward to a bumper harvest
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture. Photo: Photocall

One of the few nuggets of good news in 2011 was the recovery of the agri-food sector, which the government hopes will begin to see a ripple effect across other areas in the next 12 months.

Farm incomes are now 60 per cent higher than they were two years ago, while output across the agri-food sector rose by an average of 16 per cent - though certain areas, like cereal sales, rose by a hefty 50 per cent.

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