NEW DELHI: At least 30 per cent of the fund allocated in the budget for agri schemes is being earmarked for women as part of efforts to bring them into mainstream agriculture, Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh said today.
The ministry is trying to ensure that women become part of the mainstream agriculture and contribute to farm productivity and production as well as in doubling the income of their families, the agriculture minister said.
He said women should reap benefit of every penny spent in the farm sector.
Singh was speaking at an event, themed ‘Securing Rights of Women Farmers: Developing a Roadmap for Action’, organised here by the National Women Commission in association with UN Women and Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM).
According to the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) survey, a decline in both male and female labour force in agriculture has been observed in the last three decades.
However, there has been a greater decline in the number of male labour force employed in the agri sector as compared to female workforce.
The decline in the number of women is significantly lower than the men and “this can be easily called the feminisation of agriculture”, the statement said.
Singh said rural women’s contribution to the Indian economy is vital.
According to NSSO report, women lead almost 18 per cent agricultural households and there is not a single area of agriculture in which they are not involved. As much as 80 per cent financially independent women are engaged in farm-related activities. Out of them, 33 per cent work as agricultural labourers and 48 per cent as self-employed farmers.Discover More