Women as farmers

Women as farmers in Indian Agriculture is playing a vital role. United Nation celebrates international rural day for women on 15th October. The Indian government is observing this day aswomen farmer’s day to emphasis role of women as farmers in Indian agriculture.

Winnowing done by woman in hills
Winnowing done by woman in hills

Indian woman in driving agriculture

Indian woman in driving agriculture is becoming reality with time. The Indian woman has a bigger role in Indian agriculture. In mountain agriculture, the Indian women is playing a big role .However, the word farmer in India, reflects the males for driving Indian agriculture. With time, the scenario is changing and like African countries, the women have taken significant command and responsibility of Indian agriculture.

A woman during harvesting of Barnyard millet
A woman during harvesting of Barnyard millet

As per 2010-11, the Indian women has 12.8% work share in agriculture. This has increased in year 2015-16 to 14%. However in some of the states, the Indian women share is far below the national average

Agriculture as available livelihood options

Agriculture as available livelihood options is playing a significant role to generate income. With time, the woman has lion share in Agriculture sector right from land preparation to post harvest works. Women have started managing agriculture as available livelihood option. They plough the field for land preparation .

Later on sowing of the seeds is also managed by them. They have their role in care and protection of crop from disease and pest management .The harvesting of the crops and further post harvest operations are also managed by the women masses. Agriculture as available livelihood options is being cared and  carried forward by the woman masses .

Threshing operations done by women-A scenario of hill Agriculture
Threshing operations done by women-A scenario of hill Agriculture

Time to realize

Time to realize the role of women in Agriculture has come. Let’s dedicated this very day i.e. 15th October for women farmers. Think for further capacity building in strengthening the Indian agriculture.

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Watershed Management
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Watershed Management
Malta fruits in Uttarakhand hills- a potential produce for new products in market
Malta fruits in Uttarakhand hills- a potential produce for new products in market

 

 

 

 

A women farmer adopting G-10 Variety of Pea in Uttarakhand
A women farmer adopting G-10 Variety of Pea in Uttarakhand
Women Aam Sabha
                            Women Aam Sabha