The Contribution of Off-Farm Income to the Viability of Farming in Ireland
This paper reviews recent data pertaining to the Irish macro-economy and agricultural sector. The recent increase in the number of farmers and farmers’ spouses participating in the offfarm labour market is discussed. The type of employment most commonly secured by farmers and their spouses is outlined and their longer-term prospects of retaining this employment or securing additional employment is discussed. The paper also presents estimates of total farm household income and the degree to which farm households are reliant on non-farm income is established. The paper attempts to measure the contribution of off-farm income to the viability and sustainability of farm households in Ireland. The concluding sections highlights areas for potential interesting new research.
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