Rights pledge for women in farm­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING - BY GEMMA MACKEN­ZIE

Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing has pledged to do all he can to en­sure women have the same rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties as men in farm­ing.

He made the com­ments fol­low­ing the first meet­ing of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Women in Agri­cul­ture task­force. Launched at the High­land Show, the task­force is led by Suther­land farmer Joyce Campbell of Ar­madale Farm.

Mr Ewing said the cre­ation of the task­force marked the first step to­wards tack­ling the in­equal­i­ties for women in farm­ing.

He said a re­search re­port high­lighted the chal­lenges prevent­ing women from par­tic­i­pat­ing fully in the farm­ing sec­tor.

“En­sur­ing women have the same rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties as men in farm­ing is not only a mat­ter of equal­ity but is also vi­tal to en­sur­ing the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the sec­tor,” said Mr Ewing.

“We need to re­alise the full po­ten­tial of women’s skills, knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm to help cre­ate a thriv­ing ru­ral econ­omy.”

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