By Colin Fernandez for the Daily Mail
Published: 01:48 GMT, 27 February 2020 | Updated: 01:54 GMT, 27 February 2020
Older farmers will be paid to 'retire with dignity' to help bring new blood into the profession, the Environment Secretary said yesterday.
George Eustice accused some veteran farmers of 'standing in the way of change' and coasting along on state subsidies. They will be offered lump sums to quit and let the young generation tend their land.
The average age of a farmer is 59 but many young people want to join the trade.
The move forms part of major reforms to farming as Britain leaves the EU and subsidies are phased out. Mr Eustice told the National Farmers' Union conference in Birmingham that his family had farmed in West Cornwall for six generations.
George Eustice (pictured) accused some veteran farmers of 'standing in the way of change' and coasting along on state subsidies
He said: 'Our pedigree