Government agricultural schemes target 30 per cent expenditure on women farmers
Union Agriculture minister said that the government will provide additional support and assistance to women farmers, over and above the male farmers under few schemes.
The Union Government is taking various measures to increase the participation of women farmers in the agriculture sector, including providing additional support and assistance to women farmers, over and above the male farmers under few schemes, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha Friday.
The minister also mentioned provision of 30 per cent of funds for women under various beneficiary oriented schemes/programmes; taking pro-women initiatives such as supporting farm women’s food security groups, undertaking macro/micro level studies in critical thrust area related to women in agriculture, delivery of Gender Sensitization Module on Gender Learning through training programmes at National/Region/State Level, compilation and documentation of gender friendly tools/technologies; Farm Women Friendly Handbook and compilation of best practices/success stories of the women farmers, etc, according to a release.
The minister said the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development launched a scheme namely ‘Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)’, as a sub component of DAY-NRLM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana — National Rural Livelihoods Mission). This scheme is being implemented since 2011 with the objective to empower women by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also create sustainable livelihoods for rural women. The program is implemented in project mode through State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) as Project Implementing Agencies.
In order to familiarize women with the latest techniques in agriculture and allied sectors, trainings are being imparted to women farmers under schemes of DA&FW and DAY-NRLM. These include Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms (ATMA) under Sub-Mission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE). Skill training courses in agriculture and allied areas (of minimum 200 hours duration) are also being conducted for farmers including women farmers through National Training Institutes, State Agricultural Management & Extension Training (SAMETIs), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), across the country. Under DAY-NRLM, the trainings on the agro-ecological practices are being provided through the community resource persons. KVKs established by Indian Council Agricultural Research (ICAR) impart training to farmers including women farmers on various aspects of agriculture and allied sectors, he added.