The 10th annual Irish Farmers Journal Agribusiness report in association with KPMG, available inside this week’s edition, out today, takes a close look at the rural economy driven by Ireland’s agriculture industry. It focuses on four towns in the Republic (Ballyhaunis, Cavan, Charleville and Enniscorthy) and one in Northern Ireland (Cookstown).

 Agriculture is without question Ireland’s most important indigenous industry and this report presents an analysis of the contributions to the national economy from five key regional towns which are built on agriculture.

The KPMG Strategy team carried out the research and generated the data that is the basis for this year’s Agribusiness report.

The findings indicate that we  are witnessing a re-emergence of localisation with local rural agribusinesses positively contributing economic output and innovating to meet new challenges.

In Ballyhaunis the key agri-food businesses in the area include Western Brand, Dawn Meats and Kepak.

The majority of farms in Ballyhaunis, produce either beef or sheep.

Five per cent of ROI’s sheep and 8% of ROI’s beef cow population are located within a 30km radius of Ballyhaunis.

The Ballyhaunis area contributed €708m to Ireland’s gross economic output and is creating 6,845 jobs.

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