Farm Families are Fast Tracking IT

10th December 2013

Farmers and farm families throughout Northern Ireland are being given the opportunity to learn more about managing farm records using computers.   

Starting in January 2014 and delivered locally over 4 evening sessions, farmers and their families will learn how to set up basic spreadsheets, complete VAT returns, go online and keep track of their finances.

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Gerard Rainey, Axis One Manager, said “With greater emphasis now being placed on using computers within the farm business we see this course as a step in the right direction, particularly in targeting those who want to learn the basics of keeping and managing records on the farm.  We encourage farmers and their families to avail of this opportunity, funded through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme.  Sessions have been designed with the farm audience in mind and will offer practical advice on managing information and using computers within the farm business.”

Teresa Canavan on behalf of the Countryside Agri Rural Partnership added; “This is a great opportunity not only for the farmer but members of the farm family to gain the basic skills of setting up spreadsheets, completing VAT returns and using a computer to keep track of the farm finances.  The fact that it is local, free and over 4 evenings makes it very accessible.”  

This programme is part of the Farm Family Options measure being managed by the Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership on behalf of DARD and is open to both farmers and members of the farm family age 17 and over.  A Farm Business ID Number is required.  Farming organisations within the area can also take the opportunity to register as a group and have the training delivered to them in a local venue. 

For more information or to register please contact Anne Marie Bell, Farm Family Options on 0845 026 7534.