Applications are now open for the biggest award celebrating women in primary industries in the country, the Rural Women's Award.

But there are calls for more women to put their hand up.

In Tasmania last year, there were 10 applications, which organisers say is a big number.

This year, the amount of women going along to info days is almost half that.

With no lack of inspiring women in primary industries, this year's Tasmania winner Kate Coad, says it's because many women may find it hard to put themselves out there but it's important to believe in yourself.

"When I applied, I laughed it off when it was suggested that I should apply.

You're your own worse enemy, you're your own worst critic, so to get through that exterior surface in being able to go, yep, I can do this and I'm going to do it, it's that determination that is going to get you across the board," she said.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation's award aims to encourage the development of woman who has a project that will benefit her leadership skills and an industry of her choice.

There is one winner from each state and territory, who receive the $10,000 bursary and opportunities to develop their leadership skills, including a corporate skills development course.

"Talking from experience, it's very hard to put yourself out there and there's a lot of boundaries to actually putting together an application and the lack of awareness that it's actually a lot bigger than just the $10,000 bursary.

"It's about the networks that people receive, it's about the experience, it's about the personal growth.

"I think the numbers can increase by not so much paid marketing... it's more about sharing your story and getting out there that the benefits of the award are not just the big $10,000 that people see as the shiny trophy at the end but the actual experience.

"It's something that you'll never gain unless you win the award, when you go to Canberra to represent your state, you sit there with 14 women from throughout the nation, everyone is from different industries and has different passions, different goals and different personalities.

"Just go for it," Kate Coad said.

Details can be found on the Department of Primary Industries website.

 

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