A dream job has come up for the farmer who wants to get away from it all – as an agricultural adviser on the world’s remotest inhabited island.
The government of Tristan da Cunha, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, is advertising for an adviser with farming experience in the UK to help develop livestock and agriculture.
There is just one village – Edinburgh of the Seven Seas – on the wildlife-rich volcanic island, home to 265 people who are keen to cut down their dependence on imported food.
The advert on the National Farmers’ Union website says: “The island has approximately 1,000 acres of poor grazing land for 300 cattle and 500 sheep.
“The community produces potatoes in family-run allotments, but intend to harvest fruits, vegetables and other crops to reduce its reliance on imported foodstuffs.”
The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate expertise gained in the UK in areas including modern medication for livestock, arable crop rotation, creating and managing orchards, developing operations for growing legumes in greenhouses, and maintaining sheep and beef and dairy herds.
The island’s economy is based on subsistence farming and fishing.