Rural issue sparks social media debate
DISCUSSION about the average age of a farmer being close to 60 has ignited on social media after Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the average age of a primary producer was 57.
Last week, the Rural Weekly spoke to members of the sugar, dairy, beef and cotton industries to get their insights on why they think there are less young people owning farms.
They all agreed financial hardship was an issue and readers had their own opinions on the matter.
One reader, who goes by the name of Pawns on the Bbq on Facebook, said farmers were convinced they should be sending their children to university to make a living in the future.
“Overseas investment had priced the next generation out of the market and the simple costs and red tape enforced by those in office are driving farming into a get big or get out scenario,” they said.
“Thus again forcing young farmers to find alternative means of making a living while overseas companies drive our farming industry into the ground.”
Another reader, Craig Della,
said the government should lend future producers a hand.
“They should be introducing low interest rate loans for young guys who really want to give it a crack,” he said.
SUPPORTING AG: Aaron Kiely said he believed more government help would be ideal. PHOTO: FILE