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Rural Indian Dairy Sector and Women Empowerment: Truth or Fallacy?

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Volume 16 No. SS, 2020, 528-531
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35716/ijed/NS20-057
Indexed in Clarivate Analytics (ESCI) of WoS

Jagruti Das1, Aniketa Horo2, and Ajmer Singh3

1Ph.D. Scholar and 3Principal Scientist Dairy Economics, Statistics and Management Division, ICAR-NDRI, Karnal-132001 (Haryana)
2Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004 (India)

Corresponding author’s email: jagrutidas178@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The results revealed that the neoliberal economic policies both feminization and defeminisation was observed in India but when it comes to the rural female workforce participation rates, there was a steady reduction which may be accounted for the difficulty of women to find productive work within their household premises. Rural women in India are willing to accept work at their household premises related to dairying and animal husbandry. Hence, dairy could come over as an important sector in making rural women empowered and improving their self-reliance status. There is an urgent need to correct gender biasedness for the empowerment of rural women. Recognition and support of women’s roles as livestock owners, processors, etc. need to be strengthened along with their decision-making capabilities, which would promote the women’s economic and social empowerment providing a way to break the viciousness of poverty.

Keywords
Livestock enterprises, rural dairy sector, women empowerment.

JEL Codes
J16, J24, J31.

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