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Scottish Land & Estates welcomes women in agriculture taskforce

Scottish Land & Estates has said new research on women’s involvement in agriculture provides a valuable resource to the farming sector.

The study, published by the Scottish Government today, looks why women are underrepresented within the agricultural industry and what mechanisms could encourage more women to choose farming and associated jobs as a potential career route.

A new Women in Agriculture taskforce has also been announced, with Scottish Land & Estates executive director Sarah-Jane Laing serving as a member of the group.

The taskforce will consider issues such as better succession planning, more appropriate health and safety, better access to training and progression within the industry.

Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Today’s report provides a thorough overview of many of the issues relating to the relatively low participation rates by women in Scottish agriculture. Scottish Land & Estates has three women on its board of directors, including myself, but there remains a challenge to increase female participation at every level across the sector.

“I’m delighted to be asked to serve on the taskforce by the Cabinet Secretary and look forward to working with Mr Ewing, co-chair Joyce Campbell, and other members of the group. Whilst it is clear there are no quick solutions to ensuring farming is a go-to career path for more women, it does encourage all stakeholders to think about how they can use their influence and resources to encourage more female participation.

“We welcome recommendations such as increasing the availability of flexible education and training, and we will be pleased to work with government and other organisations in the coming months and years to build progress on this matter.”


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