Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers
Supermarket titan Tesco has launched the Future Farm Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers.
Tesco says the rationale behind the move is to help bright, talented, determined young people make their own start in the world of agriculture, whether that's taking over the family farm, embarking on a new business venture, or entering the industry for the first time.
In its first year, Tesco will offer a minimum of 15 young people a bespoke package of leadership training, business planning advice, mentoring, supply chain experience and networking opportunities.
Funded by Tesco and free for participants, successful applicants will be able to choose a programme suited to their own aspirations and business needs, and it's hoped the Foundation will also be able to offer training and support to dozens more young farmers during the application process itself.
Richard Marris, commercial director of Fresh Foods at Tesco commented: "Whether it's guidance on succession planning, advice on financial management, or providing access to a world-leading supply chain, we've developed the Future Farmer Foundation to be a strong base from which the farmers of tomorrow can launch themselves onto their chosen paths."
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