A part of young Australians disembarked at Southampton yesterday (Wednesday) at the start of a five-month study tour of farming in Britain and Europe.
SV Party on deck of ship
CU Farmers interviewed:
SOUND STARTS: "What's the purpose....."
SOUND ENDS: "....reception in London, yes."
QUESTION: "What's the purpose of your visit over to this country?"
FIRST FARMER: "We represent the rural youth movement of Australia and we are touring the United Kingdom, studying on an agricultural and cultural exchange."
QUESTION: "Will you be looking much at British farming methods while you are over here?"
FARMER: "Yes, we are looking at farming methods all over the United Kingdom and for the first time this year the exchange award goes to Europe, possibly to Holland, to see the effect of European agriculture in view of Britain's prospective entry to the E.E.C."
QUESTION: "What can we teach you about farming--you run some of the biggest farms of all, you yourself run a sheep farm in Queensland, don't you?"
SECOND FARMER: Cattle, yes. Well, no-one knows everything about farming, and anyone from Australia, by coming over and seeing how it is done in another country, must be able to pick up a lot that will be of value, even though the conditions are completely different from the area where we are to what is over here in Britain."
QUESTION: "Our farms are like little postage stamps compared with yours. There can't be any similarity surely?"
FARMER: "Well, it's surprising actually how many things could be the same even though on the surface it does seem that they are completely different."
QUESTION: "Is it true then that we have a reputation in this country for having some of the most efficient farming methods, and that you are coming over here to try and rib some of good ideas"
THIRD FARMER: "Yes, I think that could be correct. In the future, in agriculture, I think we have to be more intensified. And Britain already has that, whereas we don't to the same extent. And this is where we can learn a lot."
QUESTION: "What kind of farming do you do in Australia?"
WOMAN: "Well, I'm involved more in the market gardening line than anything, because I live in Sydney and am involved in strawberry growing--just on the outskirts of Sydney--and that's what I will be looking at in farming in Britain, with particular emphasis on strawberry growing and market gardening because that is my interest."
QUESTION: "It's not all going to be farming. I assume you're going to enjoy yourselves as well?"
WOMAN: "Well, I think a general study of British life is also part of the programme, and this involves social activities, looking in on young farmers' clubs activities, in relation to how we can perhaps improve our own or suggest ideas to them, whatever the case may be."
QUESTION: "Are you intending to have some fun? What sort of things have been laid on you during your stay?"
FIFTH FARMER: "This is a bit difficult. We only received our detailed itinerary this morning. But we are going to the national show, touring all over the U.K.--that's England, Scotland and Wales, apart from that it's a bit difficult to say."
QUESTION: "You're also having dinner with the Lord Mayor of London aren't you?"
FARMER: "This is correct. We have a Lord Mayoral reception in London, yes."
GROUP ON DECK OF LINER AND ANSWERING QUESTIONS.
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Background: A part of young Australians disembarked at Southampton yesterday (Wednesday) at the start of a five-month study tour of farming in Britain and Europe. The group of five men and a girl--each from a different Australian state--will wind up their tour by competing against each other for a scholarship worth over a thousand pounds sterling. The winner will be able to spend the money on a farming project or to finance studies at university.
British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Michael Rheinhold interviewed the young farmers aboard the liner Iberia shortly after their arrival: