Tutition fees will affect agriculture industry.

Students have warned that the Government's controversial plan to increase university tuition fees will impact heavily on agricultural students and potentially leave a huge gap in the rurual workforce.

The proposals passed through the House of Lords with little difficulty this week after the opposition failed to overturn last week's vote in the House of Commons.

Under the new proposals universities in England will be able to charge up to £9,000 a year, although students will not have to pay anything back until they have a salary of at least £21,000.

The rise in fees is meant to make up for cuts in Government funding for higher education which form part of the Coalition's wider attempts to reduce the country's debt.

Di Hemming, a member of Worcestershire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFC), is in her first year studying business management and marketing at Harper Adams University College and intends to work in agriculture after her graduation.  She said young farmers were 'rightly angry' at the tuition fee rise and that the move would impact heavily on the country's rural ecomony.


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