Re: How old are farmers?
- From: Howard Neil <invalid@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 09:42:32 +0100
On 12/05/2012 08:02, Malcolm wrote:
Taking advantage of the peace and quiet here, I've been interested in
the last week in the apparently opposing views on the average age of
farmers which is reported to be in the late 50s, giving rise to
expressed concerns about what's going to happen as they get older,
retire, die, etc.
"Farming Today" on R4 this week has taken this statistic as the
background to their tackling the subject of how difficult it is for
younger people to enter farming and looking at various ways this is
being encouraged - farm-sharing, apprenticeships, tenancies on
council-owned farms, etc. - though all pretty small-scale compared with
the perceived problem. Apparently, available funds from the EU to be
used, within the RDP to encourage young farmers were not taken up in
2005 by the then British government with the reported result that, while
13,000 young farmers have received financial support in France, the
total for Britain is just 2!
However, last week, the farming correspondent of The Scotsman tackled
the doom-mongers head-on when he pointed out that the figures are
compiled from the annual farm returns on which the farmer gives his age.
However, there is nowhere on the form, according to him, for the farmer
to say that, although he might be close to retirement, or even
semi-retired, his son is also working on the farm (and will be taking
over), and that this is sufficiently common that, if taken into account
across the country, the average age would fall dramatically.
Who is right? Discuss!
Well, one of my neighbours and his wife is in his early 90s. They have no children helping and nobody to take over when/if (they just seem immortal) they die.
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