Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik participated at the 12th OECD Rural Development Conference “Delivering Well-Being” on 25-28 September, organised in Seoul by the OECD and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of South Korea.
In his presentation at the conference, Minister Järvik pointed out that the key to rural development lies in entrepreneurship and life-long learning. “First and foremost, we need to ensure the vitality of rural areas. We need to find efficient ways of encouraging young and educated families to settle down in rural areas, to build their homes and start their businesses there. At the same time, we need to put more emphasis on the development of both digital and regular infrastructure in rural areas. In addition, we need to work on the reputation on rural life to attract more youth to living and working in rural areas.” Minister Järvik added.
The Minister of Rural Affairs stressed that agriculture needs to be innovative and that digital solutions may be the exact thing to make the sector more interesting for the youth. “Technological advancements in the last few decades have been extremely impressive. Our aim, in collaboration with the OECD, is to implement these achievements for the benefit of all farmers, no matter the size of their enterprises, their age, or whether they are active today or tomorrow. We have to do it for a more inclusive and sustainable life in rural areas.” Minister Järvik concluded in his speech.
During his visit to South Korea, Minister of Rural Affairs Mart Järvik also had several bilateral meetings. The aim of these meetings was to highlight the main problems of Estonian exporters in the certification process of frozen cream and to find opportunities in strengthening bilateral cooperation. The Minister also introduced Estonia’s digital solutions in the agricultural sector.