Chang­ing face of ag in­dus­try

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

THE agri­cul­tural in­dus­try is not only grow­ing, but get­ting younger and with more women, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics compiled by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

The pro­por­tion of peo­ple aged 35 and younger is on the rise, now mak­ing up 24 per cent of the in­dus­try.

ABARES ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Dr Steve Hat­field-Dodds said the pa­per pro­vided an in-depth look at the peo­ple who make up a key Aus­tralian in­dus­try.

“While those work­ing in agri­cul­ture are older on av­er­age than the gen­eral work­force, the pro­por­tion of un­der-35s has risen over the past five years to 24 per cent,” he said.

“Of those young peo­ple, 30 per cent are women, up two per cent from 2011.”

Women now make up 32 per cent of the in­dus­try over­all, and Dr Hat­field­Dodds said they were more likely to be man­agers.

“They tra­di­tion­ally pro­vide the lion’s share of off-farm in­come.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Gra­zier Jac­qui Tick­ell with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack.

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