AN agricultural science student from Portlaoise has won an overseas travel bursary.
The scholarship is awarded to students who express an interest in fulfilling a work-placement module of their degree and to expand their knowledge of the global agri-food sector by gaining practical experience while travelling overseas.
Seán Doyle is a third-year agricultural science student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). He will travel to New Zealand, where he will gain experience in the cultivation and harvesting of 4,000 acres of vegetables, root crops and cereals along with assisting in daily operations on an 800-cow dairy farm.
Speaking about the opportunity, Seán said “I’m so grateful to the Irish Farmers Journal and Arvum for awarding me this travel bursary. This is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to not only travel overseas but to get real experience in the agricultural industry, which will help inform my final studies and how my career develops after college. I’m excited to gain insights into New Zealand’s agri-industry and for the journey ahead.”
This is the fifth year of the joint initiative from the Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and the Irish Farmers Journal.
ASA president Seamus O’Mahony said: “The ASA endeavours to enhance and support our agricultural science students through professional development opportunities to ensure Ireland’s position as a global leader is maintained, all the while strengthening the future of our agri-food industry. As with previous years, the standard of applications was extremely impressive and we look forward to receiving updates from the six students throughout their time overseas.”