Today, agriculture, food processing and fisheries contribute more than ever to boosting the economy of more rural areas.
These industries combined cover a vast spectrum of employment sectors, including agricultural production and crop raising, ornamental horticulture, livestock farming, landscape design and maintenance, gardening, and tree cultivation, to name just a few.
Potential careers in this sector are manifold and wide-ranging. A person seeking employment in one of these fields may work on the ground as a farm worker, harvesting labourer or farm labourer. They may also find employment at a plant that processes food, as do butchers, cheese makers, food engineers and heavy equipment operators. There are also a large number of job opportunities for those interested in fishing and cattle breeding.
One thing is certain: all these jobs provide opportunities to draw on knowledge acquired through vocational training at both the college and university levels but also through so-called informal training.
Despite the challenges that these industries must overcome and the threat that adverse weather conditions pose, job prospects are nonetheless very attractive as well as rewarding.