Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (999)

Darren O'Rourke

Question:

999. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the breakdown in volume and value in 2020 of dairy ingredients exports to South Africa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6670/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Despite significant challenges in 2020 arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Irish dairy exports performed strongly with total export value of €4.653 billion and volume of 1.460 million tonnes for 2020 up to the end of November, according to CSO trade data. This compares with the same period in 2019 with equivalent dairy exports worth €4.683 billion and 1.494 million tonnes.

Full-year trade data for 2020 should be available from the CSO within the next month.

The table below, based on the latest data available from the Central Statistics Office, outlines the value (€000) and volume (tonnes) of dairy ingredients exported to South Africa from January to November 2020:

Description

€ 000 (Value)

Tonnes (Volume)

Food Preparations

9,835

5,297

Butter

5,150

1,376

Caseins

4,167

590

Infant Formula

1,926

144

Whole Milk Powder

1,298

450

Whey

897

852

Skimmed Milk Powder

332

148

Cheese

124

26

Ice-cream

39

6

Yoghurt

34

7

TOTAL

23,802

8,895

Source: CSO AgriStats Jan-Nov 2020

Total figures represent an increase of 1.5% by value and decrease of 13.1% by volume when compared to the same period in 2019. Dairy ingredients exports to South Africa represent 0.5% of total dairy exports by value.