JOHN MALONE Agriculture and Business www.nrn.ie
Agriculture in the Economy <ul><li>Severe Economic Contraction </li></ul><ul><li>Drop in Consumer purchasing Power </li></...
Impact On Rural Ireland <ul><li>Economic Impact Nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment:  </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Irelan...
Agriculture is Big Business <ul><li>Business: worth €10 Billion + </li></ul><ul><li>Value of Exports: €8 Billion </li></ul...
Shared National Agenda <ul><li>Get Economy Growing </li></ul><ul><li>Stabilise Public Finances </li></ul><ul><li>Get the B...
Shared Goals <ul><li>Economy has potential to grow: ESRI </li></ul><ul><li>Different Drivers of Growth </li></ul><ul><li>E...
Issues <ul><li>When Global Demand Picks Up: we are positioned </li></ul><ul><li>See Environment as an Asset </li></ul><ul>...
Alliances <ul><li>Consumer/ now greater trust </li></ul><ul><li>Education / wider agenda and within Agriculture/back to Ed...
Rural Development <ul><li>Exposure to Building Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Small food Companies, 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Attitu...
Policy Formation <ul><li>Sectoral Issues Will Always be There </li></ul><ul><li>Pillars of Rural Development’ competitiven...
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Agriculture and Business - John Malone

  1. 1. JOHN MALONE Agriculture and Business www.nrn.ie
  2. 2. Agriculture in the Economy <ul><li>Severe Economic Contraction </li></ul><ul><li>Drop in Consumer purchasing Power </li></ul><ul><li>Weak World Demand </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Public Expenditure </li></ul><ul><li>No New Expenditure </li></ul><ul><li>Scale and Depth of Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Confidence /Uncertainty </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  3. 3. Impact On Rural Ireland <ul><li>Economic Impact Nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment: </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Ireland badly affected; farm incomes </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in Off Farm Employment: Drop of 1/3 </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Building Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Emigration ; more visible in Rural Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Land Values More Realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudes to a Career in Agriculture </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  4. 4. Agriculture is Big Business <ul><li>Business: worth €10 Billion + </li></ul><ul><li>Value of Exports: €8 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>User of Inputs: €4 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>Borrowings: €5 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>Investment: €1.9 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>Direct and Indirect Employment: 180,000 people </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  5. 5. Shared National Agenda <ul><li>Get Economy Growing </li></ul><ul><li>Stabilise Public Finances </li></ul><ul><li>Get the Banking System Working </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Social Partnership: 1987/pay bargaining </li></ul><ul><li>Different style Social Partnership </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  6. 6. Shared Goals <ul><li>Economy has potential to grow: ESRI </li></ul><ul><li>Different Drivers of Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Exports </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit the Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Work Force </li></ul><ul><li>Up the Value Chain from Basic Manufacturing </li></ul><ul><li>A Good place to Do Business </li></ul><ul><li>Different economy than in the 1980’s </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  7. 7. Issues <ul><li>When Global Demand Picks Up: we are positioned </li></ul><ul><li>See Environment as an Asset </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of Agri-Food Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Get our Cost base Down </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Assets we built in the last decade </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  8. 8. Alliances <ul><li>Consumer/ now greater trust </li></ul><ul><li>Education / wider agenda and within Agriculture/back to Education </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in R and D </li></ul><ul><li>Policy on Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change/ holistic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Business Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Exporters </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  9. 9. Rural Development <ul><li>Exposure to Building Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Small food Companies, 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude to CAP post 2013;net contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted use of Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Forestry </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism Sector </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul>www.nrn.ie
  10. 10. Policy Formation <ul><li>Sectoral Issues Will Always be There </li></ul><ul><li>Pillars of Rural Development’ competitiveness, enterprise, environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Cross Cutting Issues/ Thematic Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Approach Followed by EU Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Social Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>No sector is an island </li></ul>www.nrn.ie

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