Agriculture Minister visits Dookie Campus

May 15 / 158

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford (centre) chats to Dookie Campus students (L-R) Kaylan Walker, Rachel Coombes, Pheemie Herold, George Reid and Xavier Carew.
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford (centre) chats to Dookie Campus students (L-R) Kaylan Walker, Rachel Coombes, Pheemie Herold, George Reid and Xavier Carew.

 

The Victorian Agriculture Minister visited the Dookie Campus in Shepparton to announce she will assemble an expert advisory team to encourage the next generation of farmers to a life on the land.

 

Meeting young agriculture students and farmers at the campus, Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said expressions of interest for the Labor Government’s Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council will open in June.

 

"Attracting the next generation of farmers to a life on the land is crucial to meeting the growing demand from Asia for high quality, safe produce and improving access to new markets," she said.

 

Director of the Dookie Campus, Ros Gall, said attracting young people to agriculture is vital for Australia's future. 

 

“Agriculture is an important contributor to the Victorian and Australian economies and requires a highly educated and skilled workforce to continue to increase productivity and profitability utilising the cutting edge technology available to the industry," Ms Gall said. 

 

The Minister's visit coincided with Dookie Day - an event for high school students to get a taste of life at Dookie Campus. 

 

The Advisory Council will comprise up to 11 members, including a representative from each of the Victorian Farmers Federation Young Agribusiness Professionals and Victorian Young Farmers groups.

 

Members will have experience relevant to young people in Victorian agriculture and to ensure gender equity on all paid government boards. At least 50 per cent of members will be women.

 

Formal expressions of interest for the Advisory Council will open later in June, however interested young people can register to stay up to date by emailing youngfarmer.coordinator@ecodev.vic.gov.au  

 

Story by Jane Gardner

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