The government will employ extra teachers for Tasmania’s 15 school farms.
Primary Industries Minister Sarah Courtney said the teachers would provide students with the skills needed to get jobs and “build Tasmania’s reputation as an agricultural powerhouse.”
An extra 10 full-time equivalent staff would be employed with the first round starting in term four.
“We want the future farmers of Tasmania to be inspired,” Ms Courtney said.
“We know the success of our agricultural industry is predicated on our people.”
“Tasmania’s school farms are key to providing students wishing to pursue a career in agriculture the hands-on skills to help them reach their career goals.”
Ms Courtney said under a $16.1 million revitalisation of school farms, $3 million would be spent on the redevelopment of the Sheffield School Farm.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said an Agricultural Centre of Excellence and Career Farm would also be established in the North West.
Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group spokesman Terry Brient said there were a variety of jobs not just on farms but in “post farm gate processing.”
“Students should be aware that there are a suite of jobs and they are in very exciting fields and very lucrative,” Mr Brient said.
“Our poppy industry is world renowned for is research and development. And people are also working in the medicinal cannabis area.”