The Agricultural Economics module is designed to provide learners with an overview of the role, structure and operation of the agri-food sector in Ireland within the context of the wider economy and society. The module provides an introduction to learners of the contribution to the Irish economy of Ireland’s primary agricultural enterprises: beef, dairy, sheep, pigs and tillage. The module also provides an overview of the national economy in Ireland and the impact on Irish agriculture by the key policymaking bodies in the European Union.
Identify the main parts of the agri-food sector in Ireland and the interactions between them.
Explain the primary livestock and tillage/crop production systems in Ireland.
Discuss the impact of national, European and global agribusiness policy.on the agri-food sector in Ireland.
Explain the roles and functions of key economic institutions in Ireland and the European Union.