The horticulture sector is the 4th largest sector within agriculture, with a farm gate value of ~€467m (2020). For the purposes of this report, the Irish horticulture sector is considered in terms of seven sub-sectors that include field crops, protected crops, soft fruit, top fruit (primarily apples), amenity, potatoes,
The report provides an overview of the current context for the horticulture industry, the state of play in each of the seven sub-sectors, lessons from international case studies and highlights the actions that can help to address challenges and develop opportunities for the sector. Note that since the inception of this report, geopolitical events in Ukraine have created additional uncertainties whilst exacerbating key constraints for the sector. The findings of this report must be considered in conjunction with the heightened uncertainty and associated impacts of current geopolitical developments.
Whilst the sector holds potential for growth, numerous challenges need to be addressed to ensure the future viability of the sector. Accordingly, a strategic ambition is needed to guide the co-ordinated pursuit of opportunities to realise the sector’s potential.