Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue has mentioned that he’s open to ideas on how to handle the ‘culture’ surrounding women in agriculture to guarantee they get the popularity they deserve.
The minister made the feedback throughout a go to to Kilmallock Mart, Co. Limerick this week (Monday, October 4).
The Women in Agriculture Stakeholders Group (WASG) has welcomed help from the minister, however says it wants to be backed by coverage.
Speaking on the mart, the minister purportedly mentioned: “There’s little doubt that women have all the time been the anchor of many farms, however not essentially the entrance face, and actually they’ve been the drivers and managers on many farms.
“There is more work to be done in relation to addressing that culture and in terms of initiatives and ideas we can do, that I’m open to listening, particularly to young women, about what would help and what would be productive in that regard.”
The minister was talking in response to chair of the WASG, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan’s query on what the following Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would d,o not only for the lively farmer, however the unrecognised farmer.
Historical legacy for women in agriculture
Quinn-Mulligan put it to the minister that 70,000 women had been actively working on farms daily, but simply 16,000 had been in receipt of farm funds.
The minister acknowledged the historic legacy that has confronted women in agriculture saying: “I do think we also need to look at how we can change culture and attitudes, in relation to ensuring how for young women coming into agriculture, it is encouraged in the same way that young men are encouraged coming into agriculture, which hasn’t always been the case.”
Quinn-Mulligan added that they’d already met with senior Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) officers and Minister of State for Agriculture Martin Heydon.
During these conferences the WASG outlined how women may very well be supported, and indicated that it’s now up to the minister to take up these insurance policies and “put his money where his mouth is” when it got here to addressing inclusivity in agriculture.
An instance of how he may do that is, not simply in CAP coverage, however in the upcoming Budget 2022, is by guaranteeing that the Food Vision 2030 dedication of funding a National Dialogue for women in agriculture is funded and supported, the WASG mentioned.