Agribustrations are the cultivation, extraction, processing and sale of crops.
They include crop production, agribusial processing and retail.
Agricultural businesses are the biggest employers in Ireland, accounting for more than half of the workforce in Ireland.
The number of agricultural business graduates in Ireland has increased by more than 300,000 since 2010, the latest year for which figures are available.
More:Agricultural graduates are more likely to hold a higher level of knowledge than non-agricultural business graduates.
They are also more likely than non-“business-related” students to have earned a bachelor’s degree.
The latest data show that a further 11,000 more farmers have secured the equivalent of a higher degree in the last 12 months, which is a 3% increase.
The most recent Agricultural Business Graduate (ABC) report from the Department of Agriculture and Food found that the number of agribustrators in Ireland is now growing at a faster rate than the total number of graduates, from 1,917,000 to 2,982,000.
The data shows that the percentage of farmers in Ireland holding a Bachelor’s degree has increased from 9% to 12% over the last decade.
The Department of Commerce said there is “a lot of growth happening in the agricultural sector” and the report showed the number and size of farmers is on the rise.
“The latest statistics show a marked increase in the number holding a bachelor degree and this is particularly evident for farmers with a bachelor level degree.
This is because these individuals have a greater likelihood of working in a highly-competitive environment,” said Michael O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Food Ireland.”
It is very important that we maintain this growth and attract new agri-food professionals to the agri industry, with the help of our growing graduate workforce,” Mr O’Neil added.