New Delhi: Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh has said that through its mandate, goals and objectives, his Ministry is trying to ensure that women become part of the mainstream agriculture, reap the benefit of every penny spent on agriculture and contribute to agricultural productivity and production and in doubling the income of their families.
Mr Singh made these remarks at the “Securing Rights of Women Farmers: Developing a Roadmap for Action” event, organized at the Constitution Club, New Delhi, by the National Women Commission in association with UN Women and Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM).
Mr Singh quoted the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) survey, where a decline in both male and female labour force in agriculture has been observed in the last three decades.He said the number of men in agriculture has decreased from 81 percent to 63 percent, and women from 88 percent to 79 percent. However, he pointed out that deterioration in the number of women is significantly lower than the men and this can be easily called the feminization of agriculture. Union Agriculture Minister said that rural women’s contribution to the economy of the majority of the developing nations including India is vital. The 80 percent financially independent women are engaged in farm-related activities in India. Out of them, 33 percent are working as agricultural labourers and 48 percent are self-employed farmers.
According to NSSO report, women lead almost 18 percent agricultural households and there is not a single area of agriculture in which they are not involved.