Elderly farmers should be paid to retire, Environment Secretary George Eustice says

Elderly farmers should be paid to retire so younger workers can be brought into the industry, Environment Secretary George Eustice says

George Eustice accused some veteran farmers of ‘standing in the way of change’Older workers will be offered lump sums to quit and let young farmers take over Average age of farmer is 59 but many younger people now wish to join the trade

Older farmers will be paid to ‘retire with dignity’ to help bring new blood into the profession, the Environment Secretary said yesterday.

George Eustice accused some veteran farmers of ‘standing in the way of change’ and coasting along on state subsidies. They will be offered lump sums to quit and let the young generation tend their land.

The average age of a farmer is 59 but many young people want to join the trade.

The move forms part of major reforms to farming as Britain leaves the EU and subsidies are phased out. Mr Eustice told the National Farmers’ Union conference in Birmingham that his family had farmed in West Cornwall for six generations.

George Eustice (pictured) accused some veteran farmers of ‘standing in the way of change’ and coasting along on state subsidies

He said: ‘Our pedigree South Devon cattle and British lop pigs were almost part of the family. I understand the responsibility and commitment that a farmer feels to the toil of previous generations.



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