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'Share farming' could help young people get started in agriculture

Date: 11/07/2014 10:23:47
Category: Agricultural machinery tracking
Author: David Howells

Share farming could provide an ideal way of helping younger people make their first steps onto the agricultural ladder.

The current method of contract farming involves an individual taking on the land, work and machinery in one fell swoop. This is a potentially very costly way of doing things, however, as would-be farmers need huge cash reserves just to get going.

To combat this, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has thrown its weight behind the notion of 'share farming', where costs - and risks - are divided between two parties.

The share farming model involves reaching out to older farmers who have land to offer but want to give up on the physical rigours of everyday work. These can then give up a part of their land to a young partner, who takes the land to begin their own farm, fruitnet.com notes. Such a method means that existing farmers don't need to give up but can instead scale back their work slowly, whilst the new generation have a chance to get going without the need for vast start up sums.

All the new farmer needs to do is deploy their own workforce and agricultural vehicles.

Explaining the scheme's benefits, CLA president Henry Robinson told yorkshirepost.co.uk: "Share farming not only offers older farmers a way of reducing their workload while maintaining an income but also gives new entrants an increasingly rare opportunity to start a career in agriculture."

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