MP's recruitment call for farming industry
MP Mel Stride has met with farmers and union members to work on a strategy addressing the scarcity of young people joining the industry.
The Central Devon Conservative politician met a group of farmers in Bovey Tracey to look at how more young people can be encouraged to enter agriculture.
He has promised to take the matter up with ministers and is also going to approach the National Apprenticeship Service about promotion opportunities.
Mr Stride is also planning to speak to Devon's National Farmers' Union to address the problem and to better understand its work in the area.
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Many children of farmers and young people have left farming in recent years due to poor financial returns and increased competition from other sectors supplied by farms, such as supermarkets and milk processors.
Mr Stride said: "Many important points were raised by the farmers I met.
"I will be taking up some of the issues with ministers directly and reporting back.
"However, it was getting younger people involved in farming which was a particular major cause of concern.
"I will be talking to the National Apprenticeship Service about the situation and how we can encourage younger people into agriculture via an appropriate push on agricultural apprenticeships."
Other areas of concerns raised were Common Agricultural Policy consultation, dairy milk prices and the supermarkets adjudicator.
Improving rural broadband speeds and helping farms use the latest technology were also discussed.