The Wales-based Farming Connect business development provider is launching Venture - a new initiative designed to link landowners with competent individuals seeking a route into farming.
It will identify and match established landowners seeking to enter into a contract or share farming arrangement with new entrants seeking a route into the industry or wishing to explore new joint venture opportunities.
“Finding a way into farming can be a daunting prospect if you or your partner does not have a farming family background, or if the family business is not of sufficient scale to support a new incomer,” says Eirwen Williams, director of rural programmes with Menter a Busnes, which will be administering the scheme.
“That all-important opportunity to earn a livelihood within a family farm business is currently out of reach for many would-be farmers in Wales, but Venture could well provide the way forward and be a solution for many.
“It will provide support, guidance and those all-important personal and business development opportunities which will be stepping stones for both those seeking a route into farming in Wales as well as individuals looking to grow their existing businesses.
“It will also provide options for the many farmers and landowners who may have to consider leaving the industry or be planning to scale down because they do not have a succession plan in place,” she added.
“We will be setting up a mechanism for matching existing farmers and landowners who want to consider establishing a joint venture with potential contenders such as young entrants, current farm workers or herdsmen and those already in farming but wanting to grow and develop their business.
“Tailored support will be provided to both parties through a range of knowledge transfer and training activities, together with confidential advisory and mentoring services.”
Four Venture roadshows are being staged across Wales in February at:
Full details from Gwenno Puw at firstname.lastname@example.org Call 01970 631414 for more information.