Careers in agriculture are being ignored because of poor perceptions according to a new report.November 20, 2012 4:07am
Victoria’s young people are shunning careers on the land and the community perception of agriculture needs an image makeover, a parliamentary report says.
Long drought, other natural disasters and negative perceptions of farming are leading to low student demand for agriculture education and training, a report tabled in parliament last week found.
The inquiry into agricultural education and training by parliament’s training and education committee recommends a revamp of agriculture to overcome its poor public image and to draw in more students.
The committee says while there is much to celebrate about Victoria’s agriculture sector, its contribution and achievements are not well recognised.
‘‘There are strong signs that Victoria will be able to capitalise on future global demand for agricultural products,’’ the report says.
‘‘(But) the period of drought, gloomy media coverage and the increasing urban-rural divide has resulted in negative perceptions about the agriculture sector becoming ingrained in the minds of many in the community, leading to fewer young people choosing to pursue a career in agriculture.
‘‘Agriculture is Victoria’s mining sector and needs to be promoted accordingly.’’
The report says the low demand for formal agricultural education is putting at risk the sector’s ability to meet future workforce demands.
The committee’s recommendations include promoting positive images of agriculture, improving awareness of agriculture careers and making agricultural education more prominent in schools.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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