9 May 2012

Horticulture Schemes Providing Self-Employment to Women Farmers

The National Gender Resource Centre for Women in Agriculture has got a few studies conducted in the area of ‘Women in Agriculture’. The important findings of these studies are as under: -

• Most important strategy for dissemination of information to women farmers is through Self Help Groups (SHGs). 

• Use of Agriculture Machinery and Micro Irrigation scheme has reduced the drudgery of women farmers and improved the work efficiency. 

• Horticulture schemes have made women more self-reliant by creating self-employment. 

• Women learn best through exposure visits and demonstrations. 

• Land owned by women is utilized for cultivation of food crops thereby ensuring food security for the household. 

As per the directives of Planning Commission, 2007-08 onwards, under all the beneficiary oriented schemes, the States have been directed to ensure flow of funds to the tune of 30% for the benefit of women farmers. 

This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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