Agriculture is becoming an increasingly important part of the Australian economy, with the number of farms in Australia expected to increase from about 1.7 million in 2020 to 2.2 million by 2030.
Key points:Australia’s agricultural sector is expected to grow by more than 2.5 million farms by 2030The country is set to grow up to 20 million tonnes of produce annually by 2030This is expected, given the impact of climate changeThe number of Australian farmers has increased by more of a factor of 10 in the last decade, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)This is the first time in the country’s history that the total number of Australians farming has risen.
The number is a reflection of the fact that more and more farmers are being educated and training, with some of the fastest-growing sectors in the sector in the past few years.
While there are currently more than 1.2 billion Australian farmers, more than a third are women, and women make up around two-thirds of Australia’s farming workforce.
And while they are the most skilled workers in the industry, women also work in many more occupations, such as construction, hospitality, retail and retail sales, while the men are the ones in the kitchen.
“The number one reason that women are the fastest growing group of Australian farm workers is because they are educated, they are trained, they have the best skills and they can contribute to the success of their family,” Dr Jane Dickson, from the University of Queensland, told ABC News.
“Women are also more educated in the areas that matter the most, such that we can deliver better quality, healthier food, we can make it a little bit easier to access to quality, and so on.”
So we need to continue to be educating women to be successful in agriculture, and to work at it.
“For Dr Dickson the focus should be on educating women about the science and technology that goes into farming, and also on supporting them in the workforce.”
It’s really important that they understand that they’re being trained to work in the field and that’s what we want them to be doing, and I think we have a lot to learn from them,” she said.”
And if you look at the women who have had successful careers in farming, you have to realise that the best part of that is being able to support the family, and the best way to do that is to be part of a family.
“While more women are now farmers, the majority of those farms are owned by men, with one in five farmers in Australia owned by a man.
But that trend is set, according the ABS, to continue.
In 2020, there were 876,000 women farming and another 3.7million men farming, with almost half of all farms owned by women.
This is driven largely by women working in agriculture related roles, with women in this sector representing over one-third of all farm workers.”
As a result, more women and men are being trained in farming and in the knowledge-based workforce that we see in the dairy industry and the meat industry and so forth, so I think there is a real opportunity to help these women get more out of their farming experience,” Dr Dison said.
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