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I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

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It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

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New Strategy Projects 23 Thousand New Jobs for Agri Food Sector

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New Strategy Projects 23 Thousand New Jobs for Agri Food Sector

Thursday, July 02, 2015 

New Strategy Projects 23 Thousand New Jobs for Agri Food Sector

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, Ministers of State Tom Hayes TD and Ann Phelan TD today announced plans for a new ten year strategy for the agri food sector, aptly named Food Wise 2025.

Food Wise 2025 identifies "smarter and greener ways to deliver sustainable growth so that it can contribute to our ongoing recovery."

Speaking at the launch Minister Coveney said “Ireland’s agri-food industry is on a sustainable journey, one that is connecting local communities across the island to vast and diverse food markets around the globe. Food Wise 2025 sets out a vision for the industry to continue along this path of sustainable growth and recognises the strategic importance of specific market and consumer insights if emerging global opportunities are to be fully realised in the decade ahead”.

Global demand for high quality, safe and nutritious food continues to grow rapidly and there is ever increasing demand in particular in emerging markets in Asia and Africa. The world wants more food but also wants more sophisticated food solutions to match modern lifestyles, different life-stage requirements and to deliver nutritional and health benefits.

Food Wise 2025 predicts that over the next decade Ireland can:

  • increase the value of agri food exports by 85% to €19 billion,
  • increase value added to the sector by 70% to €13 billion,
  • increase the value of primary production by 65% to €10 billion.

This should deliver a further 23,000 jobs in the agri food sector by 2025.

Is a career in Ireland's Agri-Food Sector for you? Explore related occupations, career videos and course information here.

Key messages from Food Wise 2025:

  • The Irish agri-food sector has been very resilient throughout the recent economic turbulence with significant development within the sector. Food and Drink exports have out-performed other sectors of the economy (45% growth in Irish Ag-food exports compared to 4% for overall merchandise exports 2009-2014 period)
  • Food Wise 2025 has new ambitions for the sector for further growth, growth which is sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally
  • Food Wise 2025 has harnessed the collective wisdom, experience and knowledge of leading industry stakeholders and sets a course for the industry of smarter greener more sustainable growth over the next decade
  • Food Wise 2025 is a statement of intent from the industry to capitalise on a host of new growth opportunities arising from the ever-increasing global demand for food and for new and innovative food solutions. Ireland is well placed to meet these demands given our comparative advantage in producing a range of sustainable, safe, nutritious and innovative food products.

“This modern, vibrant industry provides exciting opportunities for educated, innovative and entrepreneurial people to realise their own aspirations and drive the sector towards ambitious new levels of growth and development over the coming decade” added Minister Coveney.

Food Wise 2025 is available here

The CareersPortal Team