McConalogue eager to promote gender equality in farming

The new CAP Strategic Plan is aiming to promote gender equality in farming.

The Agriculture Minister and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has made the announcement, particularly for rural areas such as the North West

Minister McConalogue has outlined a range of measures to support women’s participation in farming.

The package of steps includes an increased rate of grant aid of 60% for women aged 41-55 under Targeted Agriculture Modernisation Schemes and women-only Knowledge Transfer Groups.

The new CAP Regulations place particular focus on promoting women taking part in the socio-economic development of rural areas, with special attention to farming.

The SWOT analysis in preparation for Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan identified gender inequality as a weakness, while the economic benefits of increasing women’s participation was identified as an opportunity.