02 August, 2012
Young farmers are being encouraged to
unlock inspiration in the next generation of farmers by Farming
Minister Jim Paice.
Paice is urging members of the National Federation of Young
Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) to 'kick-start the drive' to get more young
people interested in the agriculture and farming sector, reports
As a result, The Future of Farming Group will look at ways in
which barriers to young people entering the industry can be
'broken' down, as figures show fewer people are choosing
agriculture as a career choice.
Factors like lack of training, access to land and affordable
loans are just a selection of the issues restricting young people
from entering the sector.
Paice, speaking to nfyfc.org.uk, explained why getting young
people into agriculture and farming is so important for the
sector's future: "Our industry needs keen, clever and enthusiastic
young people to feed us in the future. Young Farmers' Clubs have
many such members and I am very anxious that they are represented
in this project."
Furthermore Diane Calvert, Chief Executive of NFYFC, expressed
her delight at breaking down barriers with the Future of Farming
Group: "We are very excited at the prospect of being involved with
the Future of Farming Group, we have many talented members who have
plenty to say on the difficulties of making farming and agriculture
a realistic career option."
Source: Vertical Leap