November 5, 2010


Irish eggs, poultry sales up 5%-6%


Ireland's sales of eggs and poultry have risen 5% and 6%, respectively, over the past year, according to new figures from Bord Bia, the Irish food board.


Further growth next year seems likely as Ireland's 850 egg and poultry farms are expected to adapt new technologies. The Irish retail egg market is worth EUR79 million (US$112.17 million) annually, while chicken sales are valued at EUR175 million (US$248.47 million).


Bord Bia chief Aidan Cotter said, "The poultry and egg sector remains a valuable and integral part of the Irish agricultural economy, with output at farm level estimated at EUR150 million (US$212.98 million) in 2009 (EUR120 million (US$170.38 million) from poultry meat and EUR30 million (US$42.6 million) from eggs).


The sector is a significant employer in rural Ireland with over 6,000 people employed in poultry processing and egg packing and up to a further 850 farms involved in the production of poultry and eggs.


Dermot Ryan, deputy chief inspector at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food also noted that his department's Food Harvest 2020 report has plans to "to significantly develop the poultry and egg sector over the coming decade".


He highlighted the importance of research into new technologies aimed at improving production efficiencies as well as further development of innovative and value-added output as crucial to competitiveness and future growth.

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