£270,000 investment in the future of farming

Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, MLA has announced a £270,000 grant to provide agricultural-related education/training, personal development and rural development promotion among young people.

The Minister said: “This £270,000 investment is not only a vote of confidence in the key role of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) but also a boost to young people in our rural areas who are the future of farming and rural life in Northern Ireland.

“The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster is the leading representative group for people aged 11 to 30 years in agricultural and rural communities and we have been supporting the organisation since 1934.

“The three year funding package that I have announced will enable the YFCU to offer a wide range of agri-food educational and socio-economic activities, as well as encourage involvement and commitment to education and training.

“I commend the YFCU for the positive results and outcomes that have been achieved as part of the 2018-21 programme of work, especially as they have had to overcome and adapt to the many challenges they have faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Minister added: “In Northern Ireland’s centenary year, the YFCU have been at the heart of our rural communities for the vast majority of those hundred years. I fully recognise the commitment and contribution that the YFCU make to our rural community. I wish Peter Alexander, incoming President and Michael Reid, Chief Executive Officer and their teams every success as they continue to educate and inspire our rural youth.”

The DAERA grant of £270,000 (£87.500 in year 1, £90,000 in year 2 and £92.500 in year 3) will be paid to support the delivery of a targeted and agreed programme of work that will further develop the competencies of rural youth – those involved in agriculture as well as those living in rural areas.

This funding will be used to support the delivery of additional targeted work that the current 51 clubs do with their 3,000 members.