Number of female farmers dropped by 13% between 2011 and 2016

The number of women who declared themselves as farmers in the 2016 Census fell by just over 13%, when compared with 2011 figures.

This was a reduction of 7,190 in the space of five years, summary results from Census 2016 show.

In 2011, a total of 53,934 women declared themselves as farmers; this figure dropped to 46,744 in 2016.

The drop in the number of Irish female farmers made up over 50% of the reduction in the overall amount of people that declared themselves as farmers in 2016.

There were a total of 154,022 farmers in Ireland last year, a drop of 12,209 compared to five years previous, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Summary results from the latest census also indicated that the number of male farmers in Ireland fell by 5,019 since 2011.

Male farmers – equalling 107,278 in 2016 – amounted to approximately 70% of the total number of farmers in Ireland, as part of the most recent census.

The proportion of workers across the entire agriculture sector that were male in 2016 amounted to 88.2%, the CSO added.

The latest figures released by the CSO also show that the number of agricultural workers in Ireland remained relatively unchanged over the course of the five-year period.

In 2016, there were just 359 less agricultural workers in Ireland compared to figures from 2011. The total number of agricultural workers in Ireland last year amounted to 23,145.

Between 2011 and 2016, there was a drop of 267 in the number of males and a decrease of 92 in the number of females that declared themselves as agricultural workers in the census.

Approximately 66% of the number of agricultural workers in Ireland last year were male.

Overall, there were 199,281 more people at work in April 2016 than five years previously. The number of women at work equalled 929,967; this was an increase of 77,148, or a jump of 9%, since 2011.

Meanwhile, the number of men at work grew by 122,133 to 1,076,674 in total; this equated to a rise of 12.8% in the space of five years.