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What now for post-Brexit support to farmers in Northern Ireland?

A key issue within Northern Ireland since the UK’s decision to leave the EU is how the decision will affect local farming.

Compared to other parts of the UK, agriculture remains a significant industry within Northern Ireland, employing 47,979 (total farmers and workers in 2015) and accounting for 1% of Northern Ireland’s Gross Value Added (GVA), as compared to the overall UK figure of 0.6%.

A recent report by Development Economics suggests Northern Ireland agriculture spent some £486 million in 2015 on items such as feed and seed, fertiliser, fuel, and vehicles.

Additionally, local agriculture generated further economic benefits through the workings of multiplier effects to the tune of £214 million in 2015.

(Source: Research Matters)

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