19-07-2012 07:14 AM | News

Paice unveils drive to attract talent to agriculture



Paice unveils drive to attract talent to agriculture
A drive to attract more talent into agriculture has been unveiled by farming minister Jim Paice.

Fewer young people are going into agriculture, while other related industries such as manufacturing are struggling to fill high-skilled posts in engineering and science.

"The future of farming is important - and it needs to be addressed right across the sector. As the Green Food Project has demonstrated, this industry offers an exciting and important career if we are to continue to feed ourselves sustainably" said Paice.

“A career in farming isn’t only an option to people who come from farming families. British farming is highly skilled and if it is to maintain its high standards, we need to ensure that everyone who wants to go into the industry has the right skills, knowledge, and support to take on this challenge.”


The Future of Farming Group will look at how to remove barriers currently preventing more young people from making careers in farming.

It will be chaired by David Fursdon, current chair of the South West Rural and Farming network and former President of the Country, Land and Business Association.

“The challenge of producing more food in this country in a sustainable, profitable and affordable way is huge. The farming industry will need all its skill and expertise to do so" said Fursdon.

“Undoubtedly this will mean attracting new blood into agriculture as skilled workers, managers, tenants and owners, and adopting the best methods and business structures. This group will build on the excellent work which is already being carried out within the farming industry and also stimulate some news ideas as well.”

The recently-published Green Food Project identified that if the UK is to have a successful, innovative and ambitious farming sector going forward, it needs to ensure that there are suitable numbers of people of the right calibre entering the food industry.

This includes entrants from disciplines such as science, research, technology, advisory services and business management.

Comments

19-07-2012 09:51 AM | Posted by Tim Acheson
The biggest barrier to British farmers under 40 is the lack of SPS entitlements. They're all tied up in the hands of the wrong people. It's virtually impossible to get support from the RPA. I own and manage over 100 acres of land but have no SPS entitlements, while I know numerous people who have entitlements who aren't even farmers but rather just investors or at best former farmers.
20-07-2012 11:25 AM | Posted by Nicole
I'm 20 and wasn't born into a farming family, but would love to have been. If there was a sensible way for young newcomers to start up a small farming business I would be all over it. There needs to be a practical approach to this issue or it will never be resolved.

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