[26 February/The Country]

Agribusiness has been introduced as a subject at Kavanagh College. Students from the Dunedin school have already visited numerous companies and farms as part of the subject. Head of Commerce, Jill Armstrong, said it was a fantastic field trip and students got to visit origin verification company Oritain, animal parasite diagnostics company Techion Group, and Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells’ dairy farm on the Taieri. The initiative started at St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton. Ms Armstrong believed the subject’s introduction was one of the most innovative and well overdue decisions made in recent times in the New Zealand curriculum. Pupils would learn about topics such as plant science, agri-management, finance, digital technologies, agri-innovations, agri-marketing, primary production processes, adding value and international trade. Ms Armstrong said that agribusiness enables students to graduate with an excellent academic record and excellent job prospects.