A new group has been set up in Donegal to bring together all women with an interest in farming and to give them a united voice.

The North West Women in Farming group was founded following the set up of similar groups around the country such as South-East Women in Farming and West Women in Farming.

“I saw these groups coming together, thought there was a niche for it here in Donegal and so NWWIF was born!” says organiser Hannah McNelis from Glencolmcille.

Hannah explains the aims and future plans of the group: “Our group aims to bring together a like minded community of women who are involved or interested in agriculture. This is anyone from agri professionals working in the industry, to female farmers or farmers wives/daughters etc., everyone is welcome!

“We want to highlight the importance of the role of women in agriculture and how we can strengthen our voice in the industry.”

The group is hosting their first event on the 19th of May in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey at 7.30pm. There will be a range of speakers on the night from all areas of the agricultural sector to discuss a range of topics.

“Going forward we wish to focus on topics relevant to the farm family such as education and training, health and safety/mental health awareness, combating rural isolation and achieving rural development, looking at alternative streams of income to the home and how we can capitalize on tourism etc in the county and many more issues that are relevant to our group members,” said Hannah.

If you are interested in joining the group, follow this link to the North West Women in Farming Facebook page. 

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