New farm technologies have added to the sector’s appeal, and a surge in applications for agri-food college courses, says Union of Students in Ireland president Kevin Donoghue.
“There are 56 agricultural classes and courses in Ireland, offering a plethora of cutting-edge contemporary technology and approaches to modern farming,” he said.
“Scientific developments have hugely increased the appeal of farming as a profession and academic area.”
The USI leader said farmers’ lives have been enhanced by technologies relating to animal grazing, breeding and feeding.
In 2003, some 1,821 students applied for agriculture/horticulture courses.
Some 2,690 students applied in 2013, up to 2,858 in 2014, and 2,651 in 2015.
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