Key Sectors in Ireland South East – Agri

Ireland South East has distinct competitive advantages in the agri-food, beverage, and agri-tech sectors.

Our long standing farming tradition in the region, combined with our ideal location that gives ease of access to the European market of over 500 million customers, gives our Agri companies a competitive advantage that is enhanced by the level of innovation and agri-tech research origination from the region.

Ireland South East is home to the largest agricultural college in the country, Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College, and benefits from access to many cross-sectoral graduates in ICT and Engineering.


Talent Pools

WORKFORCE 13,600 people currently work in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing sector in the South East. The main subsectors within this are mixed farming; meat products and dairy. (Source: CSO, Labour Force Survey and Census).

SKILLS Over 6,000 people in Ireland South East have a third level qualification in Agriculture or Veterinary (Source: CSO, Census 2016).

STUDENTS 700 students from South East are enrolled in Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary courses in Higher Education Institutions. Separately, there are over 500 students enrolled in the Kildalton Teagasc campus which is Ireland’s leading provider of training in Agriculture, Horticulture and Equine Studies. (Source: HEA and Teagasc).

COMMUTERS An estimated 3,000 professionals with Science Qualifications and 3,000 professionals with engineering qualifications commute out of Ireland South East every day. (Source: ISEDO).


Research & Support

Ireland South East is home to the Teagasc Environment Research Centre at Johnstown Castle and is also home to the largest Teagasc college in Ireland at Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College.

The Precision Agriculture Centre of Excellence provides direct access to Ireland’s agri-tech companies to the best in technology, research and funding.

The Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (Growing the Irish Bioeconomy Together) is Ireland’s national bioeconomy association and innovation cluster.

The SmartAgriHubs Regional Cluster will act as a one-stop-shop for farmers, advisors, technology providers and agri-food companies who want to avail of technology solutions from across Europe to farming as well as business problems.

Our Agri members include: ABP Food Group, Arboretum, Ardkeen QUality Food Store, Bean and Goose, Blackwater Distilary, Blanco Nino, Callan Bacon, Chia Bia, Connollys Red Mills, Coolhull Farm, Corman, Dawn Meats, Dew Valley, Dungarvan Brewing Company, Flahavan’s, Glenpatrick, Herdwatch, Irish Country Meats, Magners, Metal Man, Microgen Biotech, Oakpark, O’Donnells, O’Hara’s, O Shea Farms, Pip & Pear, Rib World, Slaney Foods, Sullivans Bewing Company, Tipperary Co-op. and Waterford Distillary.


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