Farm Families Get IT

22nd October 2012

Farmers and farm families throughout Northern Ireland are being given the opportunity to learn more about computers, the internet and working online.   

Starting in November and delivered locally over 4 evening sessions, farmers and their families will learn how to use online services, complete forms, search the internet, send and receive emails and much more, including awareness of APHIS and submitting VAT returns electronically.

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Michael McLean, 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 have never used a computer before or those with little experience.  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 hands on ability to use computers within the farm business.”

Yvonne McMullan from Brownstown Farm, Broughshane added; “This is a great opportunity for not only the farmer but members of the farm family to gain the basic skills of using a computer and accessing the internet.  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.