Role performance of tribal women in animal husbandry practices in Anuppur district of Madhyapradesh

19-Title: Role performance of tribal women in animal husbandry practices in Anuppur district of Madhyapradesh

Authors: Suman Sant and MK Mandal

Source: Ruminant Science (2015)-4(1):81-86.

How to cite this manuscript: Sant Suman and Mandal MK (2015). Role performance of tribal women in animal husbandry practices in Anuppur district of Madhyapradesh. Ruminant Science 4(1):81-86.

Abstract

Animal husbandry signifies as an economical activity next to agriculture in rural areas. It provides employment and economic support to tribal families. Many of the important tasks in animal husbandry are performed by women besides their responsibilities as home makers and caring of animals is considered as an extension of domestic activities. The role of tribal women is not recognized as economic contribution and they remain as unpaid labour. The studies are lagging in the area of role performance, where we can differentiate the exact role performed by the males and females of tribal households and also their economic contribution in the field of animal husbandry practices. Considering these facts, the present study was conducted in randomly selected four villages of Anuppur block of Anuppur district to measure the economic contribution of tribal women in animal husbandry practices. Data were collected through a structured interview schedule from 100 respondents by personal interview method in hindi language. Study highlighted that involvement of tribal women were maximum in the operation like feeding (76%), cleaning of shed (91%), milking (92%), care of kids (91%),  and sick animals (81%), preparation of milk products (98%), etc., whereas, the jobs related to sale of animals, breeding and treatment of animals were predominantly done by men. However, the study shows that both men and women were managing the activities of animal husbandry practices. Tribal women were the active workers in most of the indoor activities, whereas, males were engaged more in outdoor activities.

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