Attracting youth

12 May 2000

Attracting youth

NEW proposals to help young people get into farming will be presented to the Welsh National Assembly in late June.

These will be based on the findings of a £37,000 study commissioned by the assemblys Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and conducted by ADAS Consulting.

"A younger age structure would, in principle, be beneficial for the industry," Agriculture Secretary Christine Gwyther told the Wales TUC conference at Llandudno. "Younger, better trained farmers will help to sustain farming over the long term, and there is anecdotal evidence which suggests that younger farmers are likely to be more innovative.

"However, the costs of a scheme would be high and these could only be introduced if compensatory savings were made elsewhere in the agricultural budget. " &#42

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