Saturday, August 30, 2008

India: Women & Agriculture

The Statesman ran an article recently regarding India's attempts to encourage women in the agricultural industry.

"A high-level meeting of party leaders took stock of the agriculture development process at a recent meeting in Mumbai and noted that the lack of specific allocation earmarked for women farmers under most of the existing schemes.

The party leaders said the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) is working on implementing a cooperative education and development programme for women through its 45 cooperative education field projects and four exclusive cooperative education and development projects for women. These projects are located at Shimoga (Karnataka); Berhampur (Orissa); Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Imphal (Manipur).

The NCP leaders favoured broad-basing the scope of the scheme even as they stressed that the focus of these programmes would continue to be on multiple points like promoting literacy, generating awareness and educating women to be organised into cooperatives. They are also to help in advancing loans to the cooperative members for production and consumer purposes. "

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