The School to Industry Partnership Program, an education program designed to give Queensland children interested in a career in agriculture some insight, will see its state government funding cancelled at the end of this school year.
The 14- year-old program had been attracting $181,000 in State funding annually and has been facilitated by AgForce reaching over 10,000 primary and secondary school students each year.
It aims to give students insight into agricultural industries and an understanding of where their food comes from.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin says the decision is short-sighted.
“This is a unique program that works across Queensland to connect school students of all ages with agriculture and show them the important role it plays in their lives.”
“Axing this program will mean fewer kids pursuing a career in ag at a time when the industry is already facing critical skills shortages and technology is transforming the way we farm.”
“It will mean the end of dedicated industry tours that give students direct contact with primary producers and potential employers.”
“For our hard-working ag teachers who already have a difficult job, it means less professional development opportunities and less support from industry.”
Mr Guerin is calling for a State Government re-think on the funding withdrawal.