CEJA, the European Council of Young Farmers, held its first joint event of the year, focused on the topic of Generational Renewal through Rural Development, organised alongside the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).
The event featured the presentation of best practices from young farmers on the topic of Generational Renewal through Rural Development, and roundtable discussions on the topic, encouraging members and stakeholders to share situations from their own Member countries, for the good and the bad.
Speaking to the conference, Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan reiterated his support for bringing Generational Renewal to the forefront of discussions for 2017, calling on young farmers to play a “full and active role” in the discussion.
He also stressed that “bringing Generational Renewal fully into the policy mainstream cannot happen without the support system of a strong and targeted Rural Development Policy. And there will be no ‘better life for rural areas’ as called for in the Cork 2.0 Declaration without a new generation of farmers and rural communities taking up the reins.”
CEJA President Alan Jagoe echoed the Commissioner on the importance of Generational Renewal for the future of the agricultural sector, saying that “all of those farmers who have gone before us have served Europe, and this can’t be forgotten. These are people who have worked long and hard, and many are at a stage in their lives where they would like to take a step back but there is no mechanism to do so.”
To read Alan Jagoe’s speech in full, click here.
To read Commissioner Hogan’s speech in full, click here.
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