Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was confident young people around Otago would benefit from increased funding for the TeenAg youth programme.
“TeenAg is an excellent agricultural youth programme, run by New Zealand Young Farmers, which aims to promote positivity around agriculture and raise awareness of the careers on offer in the rural sector.
“We all know how important agriculture is to the region’s economy and I believe it’s important to celebrate that and promote it to young people as an employment option for the future.
“Young Farmers will receive $146,000 in funding support in a new programme supported by Government, the Red Meat Profit Partnership, DairyNZ, Lincoln University and Northfuels/Southfuels.
“This is a great opportunity to encourage young people to engage in youth development programmes, especially in such an important sector as agriculture.
“The funding will enable around 500 more young people across New Zealand to participate in the TeenAg programme.
“Representatives from the Otago-Southland Young Farmers Club recently told me they were very pleased that this funding had come through and that it would allow them to expand on the work that they were already doing involving teenagers in the farming sector.
“Of course the reality is that this is not only an excellent way to get youth involved in local communities, but it also creates the potential for economic growth.
“The Government is committed to providing programmes that give young people a great range of skills and experiences to put them on the path to success.
“This in turn will help us build a more competitive and productive economy, which will benefit all New Zealanders.” ends.