Character of the Country: Recruiting young people into agriculture

Rural Exchange 20/01/2018

After losing everything when her family fled their 11,000ha property in Zimbabwe, Leanne Woodhead has since turned her life around and joined New Zealand’s agriculture industry.

She is not only the proud farmer’s wide to the 2017 FMG Young Farmer of the Year Nigel Woodhead, but is also paving the way for more children to enter the primary sector through her role.

Mrs Woodhead, the territory manager for Otago Southland Young Farmers, joins Rural Exchange to discuss her journey to New Zealand and how she’s recruiting young people into the agriculture industry.

“The primary sector needs those students for those jobs in years to come,” she says.

She says her childhood was similar to most while growing up in Zimbabwe, with the only differences really being “the animals and the outlook of the African people.”

As territory manager in South Otago, Mrs Woodhead spends her days visiting schools and promoting opportunities in primary industries.

“We have a whole heap of events we do throughout the year,” she says. 

Watch the full interview with Leanne Woodhead above.

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