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Australian Year of the Farmer

Posted by: Alan

Australia's city dwellers have been urged to head to the country during next year's 'Australian Year of the Farmer'.

The call accompanies the release of research data showing that some 25% of Aussies never venture into rural areas.

And two-thirds do so less than once a year.

In total, city people spend an average 3.5 days a year in the country, with 58% saying they'd like to visit more often.

The 'Australian Year of the Farmer' aims to strengthen ties between rural and city communities, and emphasise the importance of farming to the nation's economic and social fabric.

A number of events and educational programs are planned during the year, including a roadshow, an agricultural expo, a national school education challenge and a photo competition.

The official launch will take place today at the site of Australia's first European farm in Sydney' Royal Botanic Gardens.

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