A Study On Empowerment Of Women Farmers In Pattukkottai Taluk - Thanjavur District

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Sudha, K ; Buvaneswari, R ; Pothigaimalai, P V (2014)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614, eissn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: Social Sciences; Social Development | Agri farmers & Farmers problems

India is primarily an agricultural country. The importance of agriculture in Indian economy is evident. Agriculture is the largest and the most important industry in India, nearly 75 percent of the people depend on agriculture either directly or indirectly for their living. Agriculture is a predominant sector, which provides employment in the rural areas. The female population constitutes nearly half of the total population of our country. Agriculture still constitutes the main sources of livelihood and work for most people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, what is less known is the fact that a very large proportion of this work is done by women, particularly in Asia and Africa. The population of India as per 2001 census is 104 crores of which 33 crores are female which roughly crores to 48 percent. The percentage contribution of women in agriculture is higher than men as most of the key operation at farm is done by them. According to the recent studies 50-59 percent of all agricultural activities is carried out by women and produce 44 percent of world food. Women play a significant and crucial role in Agricultural development and allied fields including in the main crop production. It is a fact long asked for granted but also long ignored, by land large they have remained as invisible workers studies on women in agriculture conducted in India and other developing and under developed countries all point to the fact that women contribute for more to agriculture production that has generally been acknowledged. Recognition of their crucial role in agriculture not obscure the fact that farm women continue to be concerned with their primary functions as wives, mothers and home makers. The patriarchal system of family life, which has been in vogue since time immemorial has regulated women to the background.
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