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Record enrolment figures for CAFRE

This year has seen the highest ever number of full-time students enrolling to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).
Friday, 14 October 2011

CAFRE provides courses in agriculture, agricultural engineering, communication, environmental conservation, equine, farriery, floristry, food technology, food management and marketing, horticulture and veterinary nursing. These courses are split across the College’s three campuses – Greenmount, Loughry and Enniskillen.

Welcoming the figures Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “I am very encouraged by the increased enrolment of full-time students onto CAFRE courses, particularly in agriculture and food. The fact that the number of students entering a full-time agriculture or food course has almost doubled in five years is a clear signal of confidence in the future and is great news for the industry.

The Minister was speaking as she met with some of the first year students who were commencing Loughry’s full-time food programmes. This included a particularly strong intake of 50 first year students onto the Honours Degree food courses. DARD has provided additional student places this year on both food and agriculture programmes and CAFRE’s enrolment of over 820 full-time students is the highest ever achieved. While full-time courses are now closed, places are still available on some part-time courses.

Commenting on the vital contribution that the agri-food industry makes to our economy the Minister said: “The agri-food industry is one of the few industries to have demonstrated growth over the recent years in terms of sales, exports and employment. The courses at CAFRE have been developed to meet the needs of employers in the agri-food industry. The supply of well qualified new entrants is an essential ingredient for a prosperous and thriving industry which is able to grasp the opportunities being offered by an expanding international marketplace.”

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