Women’s economic participation and empowerment are fundamental to strengthening the nation & Skill development is a key to improve employability and income-earning opportunities .
Women have shown their ability in community development But Currently, a majority of the female workforce in India is unskilled and In Agriculture , Indian women farmer or kisan is still seen as being antagonistic with a male farm worker. This perception is built on two assumptions — first, farming is a masculine profession; and, second, when women are involved in farm activities, they largely play supporting roles. But anecdotal evidence, data, and research have consistently broken this myth. Women’s presence on farms can be seen by anyone travelling across India. The numbers further confirm it — 80 percent of financially independent women farmers are engaged in farm-related activities in India. Out of them, 33% are working as agricultural laborers and 48% are self-employed farmers. The second myth, around the nature of the women’s work in agriculture, is also broken. Research studies have consistently shown that women are, in fact, involved in the entire value chain of food production as well as in allied income-generating activities like cattle and livestock management.
Women farmers will play an important role in fulfilling the government ambitious target to double farmer incomes. Initiatives like Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Yojana (Women Farmers’ Empowerment Scheme) that uses a three-pronged framework that integrates and leverages women’s self-help groups, sustainable agricultural practices and community paraprofessionals to build agricultural-capacity for women, are a step in the right direction.
Indeed, while there may be considerable variation in the participation and scope of work, based on States, crop patterns, location, and age, the fact remains that women make up one-third of the agricultural workforce — making this sector the largest employer of women in India. Hence, it is important that , women should be a part of skill development and increase the employment opportunities and skilled women workforce.
A consultative and introspective joint meet was organized today by the Northeast Chapter of Agriculture Skill Council of India and Darwin School of Agri-Allied Business at Guwahati today on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. ShriNirodChakraborty, Northeast Head of ASCI held a discussion meet with the women participants of the AC&ABC course being held at Darwin School of Agri-Business. The event saw the participation of ShriNayan Borah, Deputy Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Assam. In the presence of ShriSiddharth Borthakur, Chief Mentor of AC&ABC course and Dr.Anirban Choudhury, Director of Darwin, an interactive session was held to gauge what motivates an educated women to become and agripreneur. Important insights were presented by the various women participants of the course. Ms.Krishnakhi, a Ph.D. scholar on Rural Development & Agricultural Production and also participant of the course shared her years of rich experience of working with the womenfolk working at the grassroot level in the agricultural fields. She opined that womenfolk should now get their due share of recognition and should now come forward from playing the second fiddle to being the lead entrepreneur of the family. Unlike their male counterparts, women even have a better track record in terms of loan repayment history with all commercial banks. The emergence of microfinance, group finance and self-help groups too have helped in giving the much needed financial independence to women.
ASCI along with DARWIN pledged to promote women entrepreneurship in the field of agriculture and committed to extend all possible support within its ambit to support the cause.