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President of the Republic: agriculture will not disappear, but it will change

President of the Republic: agriculture will not disappear, but it will change
President Kersti Kaljulaid gave the 2016 Farmer of the Year Award to Jõgeva county dairy producer, Lembit Paal.
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25.10.2016

President Kersti Kaljulaid presented the 2016 Farmer of the Year Award in the Riigikogu today and said that only farmers who have the ability and willingness to be prepared for changes will achieve success in an innovative world.

"Agriculture cannot and will never disappear; it can only change. I am quite sure that by the middle of this century agriculture will be more different from now than today's agriculture differs from industry forty or fifty years ago. The farmers who will succeed in our innovative world will be those who will not simply go along with the changes; they will need to sense the coming of the changes and have the ability and willingness to be prepared for them," said President Kaljulaid and added that the same characteristics are expected of any state that wants to keep its agriculture strong and competitive. "Do not limit yourself with demanding solutions for the current crisis alone; always demand a systematic approach. This is the only solution that will make you prepared to face the coming challenges and give you the ability to make the most of future growth opportunities," she added.

The President of the Republic emphasised in her address to the conference that the number of agricultural producers has decreased considerably year-on-year, but the importance of food for people has remained the same as ever, with the work being done by each and every farmer and its efficiency becoming more important. "It is important that we have the capacity for the competitive production of agricultural produce with increasing added value for the global market. And to organise the sales of such produce in other markets according to the customs and habits there," stated the Head of State.

The 2016 Farmer of the Year title went to Lembit Paal, who operates AS Pajusi ABF in Jõgeva county with a dairy herd of one thousand, restores buildings with historical value in Pajusi rural municipality and is active in the local community.


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