n Farmer’s Weekly - New generation of farmers wanted : from the editor




Every farmer can tell you where the best place is to get good mobile phone reception on his or her farm. This is usually half way up the koppie behind the house, on the dam wall or by the kitchen's back door. And even then you'd be lucky to get a steady two-bar signal! Apart from the obvious frustration this lack of connectivity can cause, it is also one of the many symptoms of poorly developed rural infrastructure - and one of the main reasons cited by a new generation of young people for opting out of a career in farming.


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