Agricultural development Common agricultural policy Irish agriculture European agriculture
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Attwood, E. A. 'Trends in agricultural development in Europe and Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXI, Pt. I, 1962/1963, pp31-49
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXI, Pt. I, 1962/1963
The most widely accepted economic argument in favour of Irish
membership of an enlarged European Economic Community is that it
will lead to a big increase in our earnings from the export of agricultural
products. This, it is hoped, will come about for two reasons, the first
is the higher prices paid to the farmer for agricultural products in the
EEC compared with those currently received in this country, the
second is the increased volume of agricultural exports which is anticipated
due to the better opportunities for our farmers when they have
direct access to a market of over 230 million consumers.
This paper is primarily concerned with the second of these two facets
of the consequences of Ireland joining the E E C and does not discuss
in detail the factors which will determine the prices of individual farm
products. These are not, however, entirely separate issues, for the
value of the new opportunities which the Common Market presents to
our farmers will depend on the prices received for our exports of farm
products. Moreover as two-thirds of our agricultural output was
consumed at home in the period 1956-60, a change in the prices for
all our agricultural products could well have its greatest single impact
on the prices of farm products entering domestic consumption.
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