The National Apple Orchard Census 2012 was compiled from information provided by the 45 commercial apple growers operating in the Republic of Ireland in 2012.
The census provides an important overview of apple production, and comparisons are made to previous censuses (2007, 2002 and 1997) where possible.
The census surveyed all commercial orchards, defined as follows:
Within the 45 growers, there are two organic growers.
Production areas are based on areas planted up to March 2012. Sales value and volume reflects the 2011 crop, harvested in autumn 2011 and sold in 2011/12.
Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine wish to thank all apple growers surveyed, and Teagasc, for their assistance in compiling this census.