Source: European Parliament
Although in some countries, generational replacement in the farming industry works fairly well, on average across the Member States, only 5% of farmers are less than 35 years old.
One of the main reasons is that common agricultural policy funds are allocated by hectare, rather than number of farmhands. This system encourages large farms to expand and places young people, many of whom have limited resources and therefore little land, at a disadvantage.
What are the official figures on the number of young farmers and how have those figures changed over time? What practical measures is the Commission taking to curb the drop in the number of young farmers?