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AuthorMuscat, J
Date Accessioned2012-11-14
Date Available2012-11-14
AbstractIn agriculture, young farmers are rapidly becoming a scarce commodity and any encouragement and assistance for existing young farmers will play an important role in the future of that agricultural industry. The sugar industry is no exception, and must assist in capacity building of its young farmers, as they will be the future managers of this industry. As the sugar industry comes to terms with the challenges that face its growers and their survival, the investment in building young farmers capacity for change will play a vital role in industry sustainability. This study tour allowed 13 young farmers from the Central Region to investigate, observe and discuss issues that the group had highlighted earlier at a group meeting. The young farmers in this group have been active for a number of years, but activity declined in the last two years because the downturn in the sugar industry (low sugar price and droughts) has forced members to seek alternative income for survival. The experiences of the study tour have reinvigorated the members of this group and the group is keen to look at the challenge that confronts this industry with optimism it deserves
Part of SeriesBSES Internal Report; 2005 No 1286 Report SD05002
SubjectStudy Tour
SubjectIndustry Sustainability
TitleBuilding young farmers' capacity for change in the central district : final report BSS271

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    Research outcomes: Research results and new technologies are communicated and transferred in an appropriate and timely manner across the industry value chain, supporting increased uptake of best-practice and innovative technology. A skilled advisory sector that drives the adoption of new technology. An industry knowledge base that incorporates and makes freely available the most up-to-date production methodologies to industry. Collaborative alliances, partnerships and networks that optimise synergies, integrate knowledge and share best-practices.

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