In 2021, Ireland had 135,037 farms, 808,848 hectares of forestry and nearly 1,900 fishing vessels. The sector employed 170,400 people, or 7.1%, of the total workforce on the island. Average Family Farm Income increased for the third successive year, by 26% during 2021. Irish farmers received close to €1.9 billion in direct and capital payments under EU and nationally funded schemes. The value of agri-food exports for 2021 is a record €15.4 billion, which is up 51% on 2012. We exported our in-demand produce to over 180 countries, with our largest export being dairy, which exceeded €5 billion for the third year in a row. Agri-food exports accounted for 9.5% of total merchandising exports from Ireland.