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With more men migrating to urban areas, there is feminisation of agriculture

Subject : Working Conditions | Source(s) : https://www.indiatoday.in/union-budget-2018/story/move-over-men-economic-survey-2018-talks-about-feminisation-of-agriculture-wants-more-focus-on-women-farmers-1157207-2018-01-30 | Date : 31-Jan-2018

Much has been said about agrarian distress but focusing on women farmers can be the key to improving agriculture productivity. The Economic Survey 2018 says that with more men migrating from rural to urban centres, there is now a "feminisation of agriculture sector". According to Census 2011, of the total female main workers, 55 per cent are agricultural labourers and 24 per cent are cultivators. "For sustainable development of the agriculture and rural economy the contribution of women to agriculture and food production cannot be ignored," says the Economic Survey. With women taking on more proactive roles in agriculture, they need better access to resources such as land, credit, water, technology and training. "The entitlements of women farmers will be the key to improve agriculture productivity," says the Economic Survey. The percentage of operational land holdings owned by women have gone up from 10.8 per cent in 2000-01 to 12.8 per cent in 2010-11. While the overall number reflects the prevalent gender disparity in land ownership, more women now own marginal and small holdings.

Link : https://www.indiatoday.in/union-budget-2018/story/move-over-men-economic-survey-2018-talks-about-feminisation-of-agriculture-wants-more-focus-on-women-farmers-1157207-2018-01-30

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