(The Gist of Kurukshetra) EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS  [OCTOBER-2019]

(The Gist of Kurukshetra) EMPOWERING WOMEN FARMERS



  • Support for Women Food Security Groups (FSGs) Women farmer groups are recognised under ATMA Cafeteria as a compulsory activity at Rs. 0.10 lakh per group/year for attaining food security at the domestic or the household level, by setting up of kitchen garden, promoting off-farm activities with cattle (activities that otherwise evade the GDP computation).
  • Procurement of Agricultural Machinery and Equipments (Subsidy Pattern) Women farmers can avail benefits in tandem with, or over and above the benefits offered to men. For purchasing an essential agricultural equipment, say, tractor (up to 20 PTO HP), women get additional benefits, subsidies and cost reduction, for instance, 35 percent of the subsidy to the total cost, as compared with 25 percent of cost for men.
  • Representation of Women Farmers It is imperative for women farmers to be included in the decision making bodies - the State, District, Block Farmer Advisory Committees, ATMA governing committees etc.
  • Promoting Women Groups Women's groups, Cooperatives, Self Help Groups (SHGs) to be incorporated by the States for the distribution of Certified Seeds (under the aegis of the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP)).
  • Integrated Scheme for Agricultural Marketing (ISAM) Women are endowed with subsidies for storage infrastructure that includes a 33.33 percent subsidy (on capital cost) for women as compared to 25 per cent for men.
  • Agricultural Insurance Safeguarding coverage of women farmers along with a budget allocation and utilization in accordance with the population proportion.

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