Ludwig acknowledges rural women
TO mark the 15th anniversary of the United Nation’s World Rural Women’s Day this week, the contribution rural women make to Australia’s economy and society was acknowledged by Senator Joe Ludwig.
The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said rural women made up more than a quarter of the world’s population and should be recognised for their key role in food production and food security.
A Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation report in 2009 estimated rural women contributed as much as 49 per cent of the total value of the output attributed to farming families.
“Around 85,000 Australian women are employed in our agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries and we know there are many others involved in primary industries –through working on the family farm, managing family finances or carrying out natural resource management activities,” Minister Ludwig said.
“Through the Recognising Women Farmers grants program, the government has funded more than $3 million in grants designed to build the leadership and representative capacity of rural women.
“The importance of a balanced voice in this area is a priority for this government.”