Vol. 6, Special Issue 4 (2018)
Gender mapping of the roles of Garo people of Meghalaya engaged in dairy farming
Author(s): Dr. Veenita Kumari and Dr. Maya Kumari
Abstract: In India, dairy farming is largely in the hands of women. In fact dairy farming is becoming feminized. Despite their considerable involvement and contribution, significant gender inequalities also exist in access to technologies, credit, information, inputs and services probably because of inequities in ownership of productive assets including land and livestock. Hence the study was conducted with the objective of ‘Gender mapping of the roles of Garo people of Meghalaya engaged in dairy farming’. The study was conducted under University funded research project (IRP). A total of 120 respondents (60 couples) were selected from four villages (random) from the two randomly selected blocks of West Garo Hills district, Meghalaya. But only those couples who were engaged in dairy farming were considered for interview and data collection. Hence, the total no. of respondents for this study was 90 (45 couples). Among the routine activities, except for collecting fodder & animal grazing and cleaning & bathing of animals, women had a significant contribution in all other activities like feeding fodder (71.11 per cent), milking (77.78 per cent), distribution/ selling of milk (80.0 per cent) and cleaning of shed (88.89 per cent). The activities like fodder collection & animal grazing (43 nos.), cleaning and bathing of animals (36 nos.), selection of breeds (39 nos.) and disease management (35 nos.) are primarily carried out by young male while fodder feeding (32 nos.), milking (35 nos.), distribution/ selling of milk (38 nos.), cleaning of shed (40 nos.) are primarily carried out by young females. Two activities (fodder feeding and cleaning of shed) are exclusively feminine in nature and shouldered by the female members of the family. The routine activities of dairy farming are by and large carried out by women while non-routine activities are predominantly carried out by men folks.
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How to cite this article:
Dr. Veenita Kumari and Dr. Maya Kumari. Gender mapping of the roles of Garo people of Meghalaya engaged in dairy farming. International Journal of Chemical Studies. 2018; 6(4): 52-56.