Focusing on women in agriculture
Emma Harper hosted an event at the Scottish parliament recently to celebrate women in agriculture.
The south of Scotland MSP and fellow SNP member Gail Ross put on the event at Holyrood, attended by more than 100 women from the sector.
The evening was addressed by Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing and chairman of Women in Agriculture Taskforce Joyce Campbell.
Those in attendance heard about the research from academics Professor Sally-Anne Shortall, Dr Annie Mckee and Dr Lee-Anne Sutherland.
Emma Harper said: “I grew up on a dairy farm where my mum’s contribution was just as important as my father’s and since my election I have met so many innovative and hard-working women in the agricultural industry.
For example, in Dumfries and Galloway we now have a Women in Dairy Network – led by Tracey Roan.
“The agricultural sector is vital to rural Scotland and the contribution of women in this maledominated environment has been significant.
“However, there are still barriers to women who want to make their careers in farming. The cultural practice of passing on large farms intact to one son is the single biggest barrier to women’s entry into agriculture.
“Lack of time is also a major barrier to women accessing the right training. Women in agriculture are very busy, juggling family responsibilities, farm work, housework, off-farm employment and volunteer work.”
Holyrood event South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper and fellow SNP member Gail Ross hosted a Women in Agriculture event at Holyrood recently, attended by more than 100 women from the sector.