Women farmers throughout the UK will join Secretary of State, Liz Truss, today (Tuesday, March 8) to celebrate women’s contributions to British farming.
Marking the occasion of International Women’s Day, Liz Truss will be joined at a roundtable event by various women from the farming industry, including:
The group will discuss a wide range of issues relating to women in farming, including the barriers women face when starting to build a career in the industry.
Latest statistics show women make up 28 per cent of the British agricultural workforce and the numbers of women running farmers has increased to just over 25,000.
Mrs Truss said the increasing number of women looking to a career in food and farming is both ’positive and exciting’.
She said: "Farming, like any industry, needs to attract new talent and ideas and harness the skills of both young women and men.
"International Women’s Day provides us with an excellent opportunity to celebrate the contribution women are making to farming - from agricultural engineering to food production and advising retailers and supermarkets.
"With agriculture often perceived as a male-dominated industry, it is important we recognise the leading role women are playing.
"Now I want to see the industry build on this and more women taking on jobs in farming."
Groups such as Ladies in Beef and Ladies in Pigs are great examples of women at the forefront of promoting quality British produce at home and overseas.
Ms Dixon of G’s Growers said: "A lot of people are unaware of what career opportunities are available in the sector and it is a good sector to move into as there will always be a high demand for food, meaning better job security."
Universities and colleges have also sited a rise in female students enrolling onto agricultural courses.
The latest Higher Education enrollment figures show 25 per cent more women than men enrolled onto agricultural-related courses in the last year.