NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is calling on young farmers in his constituency to travel the world and learn more about agriculture in other countries.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Rural Affairs and Agriculture, is urging young people, under the age of 30 years, to apply for the Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Scholarship.

The Scholarship, supported by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, is making up to £3,500 available to lucky youngsters to make their travel dreams come true.

Mr Hamilton said:

“These days, it is more important than ever to gain a wider knowledge of the agricultural industry and young farmers should take these opportunities when they arise.

“Last year nine young people benefited from the award, and between them visited New Zealand, USA, Australia, Ireland, South Africa and Uganda, where they gained an insight into farming in these countries.

“It is a wonderful chance to learn more about agriculture and farming methods in other parts of the world and I would urge anyone interested to make sure they apply.”

The Scholarship is managed by the Raw Rees family; NFU Cymru; NFU Mutual; Wales YFC; the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University and the Future Farmers of Wales.

Neil Hamilton AM

NFU Cymru County Adviser, Peter Howells said: “The scholarship fund was launched in 1984 in memory of the late Gareth Raw Rees MBE from Ceredigion whose considerable energies had always been directed towards promoting the interests of young people in farming and in the countryside.  He was a firm believer in the inestimable benefits of travelling towards the fulfilment of a broader and more rewarding education.”

Dai Davies OBE, Chairman of NFU Mutual’s Advisory Board for Wales said: “In today’s fast changing agricultural industry, it’s vital that our young farmers gain a wider perspective to help them farm successfully.

“Over the years we’ve received some exceptional applications from some very capable and enterprising young people and have been able to support their efforts in visiting and learning about a variety of agricultural techniques employed all across the globe. We very much look forward to receiving some equally impressive applications once again in 2019.”

For an application form contact NFU Cymru. The closing date for applications is Friday, May 3, 2019 and the winners will be announced at the Royal Welsh Show.

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