Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers.
Three Massey University students, Ffion White, Katya de Silva and Nerissa Edwards, and three Lincoln University students, Jed McCready, Kate Sheehy and Laura Heads, have received the $5000 On Farm Support Science Scholarships for the 2024 study year.
Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said the government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy, with revenue from food and fibre sector exports forecast to generate $54.3 billion in the year to 30 June 2024.”
Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard said 43 applications were received for the scholarships.
“The six successful scholarship recipients have a passion for food and fibre production and a genuine interest in joining the primary industries advisory sector,” Hoggard said.
“Farmers and growers have had to navigate challenging conditions in recent years and the advisory sector plays an important role in supporting their success.”
Massey and Lincoln universities were chosen because they have well established agricultural and horticultural science programmes with a long-standing tradition of producing primary sector advisers.