Fees drop for agri students
STUDENTS who choose to study agriculture at university will pay 62 per cent less for their degree. The cost of studying agriculture at university will be slashed from 2021 under an Australian Government higher education funding plan aimed at producing graduates for high-priority jobs for growth sectors.
With the pandemic highlighting the importance of food security and investing in current agricultural workforce, Granite Belt Growers Association president Angus Ferrier said it’s a decision he supports.
“The bigger the pool of tertiary education for the industry the better,” Mr Ferrier said.
“As an agriculturist – I think the government can do anything to support more tertiary admission into agricultural science.” he said.
With an estimated current 334,000 people employed in the Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry, agriculture minister David Littleproud said this is an opportunity for the industry to continue to thrive post pandemic.
“These reforms recognise that the farming sector will lead Australia’s economic recovery out of COVID-19 and towards the 2030 $100 billion target,” he said.