Women's importance in agriculture sector growing

For the first time, at least two women will be in the final of this year's Young Farmer of the Year contest.

It reflects the changing role women are playing in farming - however, it appears there could be some way to go to change the mindset of some in the rural community.

General Manager for Norwood Commercial, Garry Watt, told Magic Talk's Rural Exchange that seeing women in the final of the iconic competition is fantastic.

"It shows that women are having just as much input and work just as hard on the farm as their male counterparts," he said.

Watt said Norwood, which supplies farm machinery and farm equipment, has a growing a number of women filling traditionally male-dominated roles.

Te Awamutu vet, Emma Dangen is one tow women i the final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.
Te Awamutu vet, Emma Dangen is one tow women i the final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year. Photo credit: Supplied

However, he said there is still work to be done to encourage women to apply for some of the jobs that have traditionally been filled by men.

"We need to break down some of the old traditional mindsets to get women to apply," he said. 

He also said that some farmers are slow to embrace change.

"One of our tractor technicians, who is a woman, went to a farm, and the customer told her she should have a pinny and scones." 

Watt said he was keen to see more women in the industry.

"It's about attitude, and wanting to be part of a fun, diverse industry, not gender."

Watch Garry Watt's full interview with Magic Talk's Rural Exchange.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay and Richard Loe, 6-8am Saturday and Sunday on Magic Talk.

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