The Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) has this week launched
a consultation on developing options that will help new entrants
get started in agriculture.
The TFF is made up of NFU Scotland, Scottish Tenant Farmers Association
(STFA), Scottish Estates Business Group (SEBG), Scottish Rural Business
and Property Association (SRPBA), Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors (RICS) Scotland and Scottish Association of Young Farmers
Clubs (SAYFC). The primary purpose of the Tenant Farming Forum
is to help to promote a healthy farm tenanted sector in Scotland.
A key part of a healthy tenanted farm sector is mobility allowing
for new entrants and retirements.
The Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has requested that
the TFF develops options to assist new entrants to get started
in farming and so a consultation has today been launched to ascertain
views on what practical solutions can be offered to overcome the
barriers to entry.
Jeff Maxwell, TFF Chairman, said:
“There are concerns that not enough new entrants are getting
started in agriculture. Central to this is the breakdown of the
traditional entry route. The TFF has been given a job
by the Scottish Government to develop options that make it easier
for new entrants to get started.
“Farming is an ageing industry and it is particularly difficult
to get started in farming for those who are not a farmer’s
son or daughter. Farming is no easy occupation and is not for the
faint hearted but we must ensure that all those who wish to enter
into what is ultimately a hugely satisfying and rewarding career,
are given as many opportunities as possible.”
Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead said:
“I am pleased to support today’s launch of the Tenant Farming Forum’s
consultation into barriers experienced by new entrants to farming. I have
asked the forum, which represents a wide spectrum of interests within the farm
tenancy sector, to take this consultation forward. As who better than
the farming community itself can identify and come forward with pragmatic,
practical solutions and recommendations, including how these might be implemented
in practice. I am grateful to the forum for agreeing to undergo
this important task.
“I would encourage all interested parties to respond fully
to the consultation and to attend the road shows taking place over
the next few weeks. This is an important opportunity for individuals
to make their views known.
“This is in line with the Scottish Government’s commitment
to support young entrants into farming and we have allocated £10
million through our new Rural Development Programme for a dedicated
new entrants scheme. I look forward to working with the forum
to help more young people enter farming in the coming years.”
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