Farming needs to find a new generation to take it on – report

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NEW blood is needed for Hampshire’s farming industry, it has been claimed.

The National Farmers’ Union, based in Petersfield, is supporting a government report which recommends agriculture is promoted in the National Curriculum.

William White, NFU regional director, from Clanfield, said: ‘Huge challenges lie ahead in boosting agricultural productivity and we hope this report will stimulate debates and action to encourage a new generation into farming. A range of government departments should be able to help shape the future of farming through supportive policy measures on education, taxation and housing – it’s not all down to Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs). There must be joined-up action across government departments and the farming industry if we are to attract entrepreneurial young people into agriculture and address the pressing need to produce more food.’

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