YFCU president Roberta Simmons has welcomed the establishment of the new Business Development Groups, which mark the first phase of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
“By participating in Business Development Groups, farmers will be able to work together to gain skills which will help them develop their businesses, learn about new technology and improve farm profitability,” she said.
“They will be supported by a CAFRE Development Adviser and they will have the option to gain a Level 3 qualification. My overarching theme this year as YFCU president is Beyond the Farm Gate.
“As a consequence, education and skills are something I am keen to encourage and help implement across our membership and increase the education of young people in agriculture
“In the current climate across all sectors of the industry, I would encourage our membership of the farming community, to apply to this new programme which will assist you in acquiring the tools to make the right decisions about your businesses.
“Business Development Groups will provide the opportunity to visit other participating farms, to share knowledge and experiences which may be useful on the home farm. In tough economic times the Groups will allow individuals to talk with like-minded farmers and share everyday concerns.
“I would encourage all young farmers to apply.”
For further information visit: www.cafre.ac.uk/business-development-groups