Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry in Northern Ireland

Theme overview

In 2012 there were 24,300 active farms in Northern Ireland down from 32,000 farms fifteen years ago. More details on farming is available from the Annual Agricutural Farm Census.

Around one-third of the population of Northern Ireland live in rural areas (in the countryside or in villages/settlements up to a population of 4,500).

More information

Statistical information comes from two main sources:
1. The Annual Census giving an overview of farms, crops & animals.
2. The Farm Business Survey giving a breakdown of farm accounts.

Other key publications

Statistics on crops and livestock, animal health and welfare, agri-environment indicators and a range of other areas is available in the Statistical review of NI Agriculture

Statistics on farming labour force and other farm related areas from the EU Farm Structure Survey

Detailed Agriculture and Environment statistics can also be obtained from the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website by clicking here

All official statistical publications on this theme can be found here.

Interactive content on the Farm Census can be found here.