Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, announced a National Women in Agriculture Conference will take place over the coming months at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois on the 20th of September 2022.
Whilst women account for only 13% of all farm holders in Ireland, recent CSO data shows there are approximately 75,000 female farm workers in Ireland. Such findings are concerning as they point to over 58,000 women working in farming without visibility or status as a farm holder. Ireland’s new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) Strategic Plan 2023-2027, which was recently approved by the European Commission, includes supports to promote increased gender equality and greater participation by women in farming. More information can be found here.
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