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Agri-food business expansion could help drive graduate job opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 01 December 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Thousands of new jobs, including numerous graduate opportunities, look set to be created in the burgeoning 'agri-food' industry within Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.

A newly-published report from the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA) shows that the sector enjoyed an overall turnover in excess of £3.2 billion over the course of 2009 alone.

Now, the industry body is keen to push forward with plans for further expansion, arguing that, with government backing, as many as 15,000 jobs, ranging from farm workers to graduate jobs for retailers and producers, could be created over the coming years.

NIFDA executive director Michael Bell told the BBC that, while the agri-food business is enjoying good health right now, "standing still is not an option".

"Our nearest competitors in the Irish Republic and Scotland have already committed significant resources into the growth of their agri-food sectors," he argued.

At the same time, it has been reported that plans for a new wind farm in County Tyrone have been given the green light, meaning a number of new graduate engineering jobs look set to be created in Northern Ireland.

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