New degree courses at Institutes of Technology
New agricultural degrees are being launched this autumn at Letterkenny, Carlow and Tralee Institutes of Technology.
Letterkenny IT is offering a new degree which can be taken as an add-on to existing agri courses in the college or as a degree course for new entrants.
The programme covers soil and plant science, ruminant husbandry and agri-business alongside the usual livestock, grassland, farm management, environmental and science-based modules. It will include a work placement in year three.
The degree programme is a response to the increased demand for agriculture studies in the north west, said department head Dr Joanne Gallagher.
She added that the degree course aims to produce graduates who will specialise in the farm management, agri-business, sales and marketing.
Meanwhile, a newly launched honours degree in Ag Science at Tralee IT will bring the number of students taking agricultural courses there to almost 250.
The college's Level 6 and 7 courses in ag science and ag Engineering are being taken by some 170 students, while the college's Agricultural Mechanics Programme is being pursued by 76 students.
Dr Brendan O'Donnell, head of Tralee's agriculture department, said the college was responding to increased demand with courses designed specifically to cater for agricultural and agribusiness enterprises within its catchment area.