Ireland’s export of agricultural products performed well in August when compared to last year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) out today.

It found exports of food and live animals increased by 2.86 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.

Overall the CSO noted the value of Irish exports increased by 2.42 per cent from January to August this year, with exports for August at €6.9bn.

Of this the European Union accounted for €3.8bn, 56 per cent, and the US 24 per cent at €1.7bn.

Key statistics of interest to the agriculture sector included the imports of feeding stuffs for August, which decreased 25 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

In addition, figures for August show imports of organic chemicals and fertiliser are down 28 per cent on the same period last year.

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By Ciaran Moran