Memorandum submitted by the Royal Agricultural
College (A 32)
The Royal Agricultural College agrees with the
points contained in the submission from the Institute of Agricultural
Management and would further add:
(1) Our experience over the last five years,
with both the undergraduates and post graduate students demonstrates
the integral change in demand from the farmer to better understand
the day to day activity of the food chain.
(2) The College is conscious of the importance
of retaining the unique craft skills of stockmen, engineers, arable
and estate workers without whom farming cannot survive.
(3) We are equally conscious of the demands
of the business world of the full understanding of how the food
chain works. This is of importance to the future farm business.
(4) The structure of European and UK agriculture
will change. We have an important role to play in guaranteeing
the appropriate trained personnel are available to meet this requirement.
We are proud to play our part.
A review of the College education programmes
shows the expanding relations we enjoy with senior businesses
in the country. We have to make sure we react to market change
and supply the personnel that are wanted. As a College we are
committed to this in our undergraduate and especially our industry-based
Royal Agricultural College
14 December 2001