Article Id: ARCC5368 | Page : 216 - 220
Citation :- WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN FARMING UNDER VARYING LANDHOLDINGS.Asian Journal Of Dairy and Food Research.2005.(24):216 - 220
K:iranjot Sidhu and Kunwarjeet Pannu
Address : All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science, Department of Extension Education, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141 004, India


Farming is a family based occupanon where men and women both contribute in production and post harvest activities. But the contribution of women has always been under estimated due to lack of data. In order to understand the present status of rural women vis-a vis their participation in farm activities, an attempt was made under the Extension component of All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science. The study in rural Punjab, represented by five distinct landholding categories clearly indicates an active participation in most of the selected activities but ranged from 65.21 percent to 98.40 percent in varied landholding categories and in different activities. Women belonging to landless families were participating in harvesting, weeding and sowing operatio~, jointly with female and male members. The picture was similar 10 case of families of small and marginal landholdings. The independent participation of women and joint participation with other women, however, decreased with increase in land holding and participation in harvesting and weeding also decreased substantially. The least, independent participation of women was observed in seed treatment and fertilizer application mainly due to the technical aspects involved. Low participation of women in irrigation management can be attributed to the restriction of movement outside the house at odd hours.



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