SOURCE: EPP TV
Young Farmers Key to Innovating Agriculture Sector, EPP Group MEPs say
Currently for every nine European farmers over the age of 55, there's only one under 35. The farming work force has aged more than in any other sector. Since 2000, the number of farmers fell 9% overall, and 45% among young farmers. Thus the urgency to attract youth.
The gathering handed out three awards, the top prize worth 10,000 euros, to farmers who are innovative, develop sustainable agriculture and pioneer new marketing techniques. The top award this year went to Dutch farmer Eric Pelleboer, whose project has successfully connected farmers with consumers to exchange information and promote better farming. Available material includes an edited package.