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The President of the Republic opened the agricultural fair AGRI 2005 in Türi

President Arnold Rüütel opened the International Agricultural Fair AGRI 2005, which took place in Särevere, on the territory of Türi Technical and Rural Economy School. The President participated also in the opening of a complex contest of young farmers, which was organised within the framework of the Fair, and visited Türi Technical and Rural Economy School.

Opening the Agricultural Fair AGRI 2005, President Rüütel said that Estonian land cultivators and cattle breeders have always been characterised as progressive minded and innovative people. "Thus, great attention has been paid on the development of technologies and the newest achievements in the field of plant and animal breeding have been introduced. That is why agricultural fairs have always been popular," the President of the Republic said.

The Head of State stressed that education and training would become more and more important if we wanted to keep up with technological development. "I am confident that the farms and cooperatives that have been tempered during complicated times of transition period have now all necessary preconditions for further advancement. Many of them have managed to make investments and to get good crops thanks to being open for progress and willingness to learn," President Rüütel said.

The President of the Republic stressed the necessity to develop teaching of specialities related to rural economy in vocational schools located in rural areas, and added: "Life has shown that the best farmers come amongst young people who grow up in the countryside".

Opening the contest of the students of rural economy schools and young farmers, President Rüütel said that the contests of agricultural skills and knowledge have a long tradition in Estonia - the first ploughing contest was organised already by Carl Robert Jakobson. The Head of State encouraged the young people to develop their skills so that they would become masters. "The masters are known by the tool they use, but first and foremost by their skills," the President of the Republic said.

Visiting Türi Technical and Rural Economy School, President Rüütel took part in the discussion with the management of the school. In the words of the Head of State, in order to achieve high productivity, contemporary agriculture requires that the farmers have knowledge in many different fields, and therefore the responsibility of vocational schools is very big. In the words of the director of the school, Toomas Shadeiko, Türi Technical and Rural Economy School, being well aware of that responsibility has tried to offer young people the best opportunities for mastering their skills, and has developed its production basis.

The President of the Republic gave recognition to the enthusiasts who have kept alive the tradition of professional contests, and wished the young competitors steady hand, strong nerves and good luck in the competition.

Public Relations Unit of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 10, 2005

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