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Participation of Woman in Agriculture: A Study of Western Uttar Pradesh

Kavita Baliyan ()

Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC), ISSN: 2348-7038, 2014, vol. 1, issue 3, 166-185

Abstract: From the analysis of labour use in agriculture one observes a clear segregation in the agricultural activities by sex. Weeding, cleaning grain and storage of grain are done exclusively by women. Activities related to land preparation, irrigation, spraying fertilizer and pesticides are generally done by men. Other agricultural operations such as seed collection, dung spraying, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, threshing, and carrying the grains to home are jointly done by the men and woman. But all market related activities like buying agricultural inputs and hiring labour and sale of output are exclusively done by the male members, generally the head of the family. One can conclude from the above analysis that while women share a large burden of agricultural activities, they are assigned an inferior role. Tasks requiring use of machines, new inputs and market related activities are controlled by men. Women are mostly involved in lighter manual work and work not related to marketing activities.

Keywords: Labour use in agriculture; Women and work; gender based division of labour Journal: Journal of Studies in Dynamics and Change (JSDC) -ISSN: 2348-7038 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J61 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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