Young farmers vital for future

Premier Colin Barnett with Gift from the Gods sculptor Robin Yakinthou. www.communitypix.com.au d402058
Premier Colin Barnett with Gift from the Gods sculptor Robin Yakinthou. www.communitypix.com.au d402058

In a speech to farmers at last week’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day, Mr Baston said it was ‘extremely important’ for the agriculture and food sector to engage with as many ‘fledgling farmers’ as possible.

‘Young, passionate people are essential to the future of our industry because it’s estimated that by 2050, the world will need to double its food production to feed the global population,’ he said. ‘WA is well positioned to play a key role in meeting that demand, provided we make agriculture an attractive career choice.’

Mr Baston said rural activities formed a crucial part of the local economy and Gidgegannup, with about 20,000ha zoned for rural and agricultural purposes, was ideally suited.

He said the Department of Agriculture and Food’s Small Landholder Information Service could help smaller farm owners grow their businesses.

‘Small landholders often don’t come from traditional farming backgrounds and have to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a rural property,’ he said.

‘The Government and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA are committed to ensuring a prosperous future for our State’s agriculture sector, as well as for the communities they support,’ he said.