The comments made by George Eustice, the then Minister for Farming, Food and Fisheries, on 20 November 2013.
Agriculture is one of the most vital and rewarding careers on offer today. From food production to science and engineering there is a wealth of opportunity for young people across the sector. Whilst providing us all with the food we eat, farming is also a crucial part of our economy, contributing £9 billion and 450 thousand jobs. We need to make it a more attractive career choice for talented, entrepreneurial young people so it can continue to thrive in the future.
Every industry needs new entrants with fresh ideas to be innovative and competitive and farming is no exception. I want to look at ways of ensuring that bright young people can fulfil their aspirations in the industry.