Dr Edna Curley, Principal of Mountbellew Agricultural College County Galway, has been elected as the new Chairperson of the Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group (WASG). WASG is an independent, voluntary body made up of representatives from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA), Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association (INHFA), Irish Organic Association (IOA), Macra na Feirme, South East Women in Farming and West Women in Farming with the sole purpose of representing the interests of women in farming under the new CAP Strategic Plan (2023-2027).
Speaking at her appointment, Dr Curley said that ‘it is a great privilege to have been elected as the new Chairperson of the Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group. Since its inception, the group has made an invaluable contribution to the ag sector, highlighting the gender imbalance present in Irish agriculture. The WASG aim is to tackle inclusivity within the agricultural sector and ensure that women receive fair representation for their work’.