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Factor Affecting the Participation of Rural Women in Agricultural Activities

Sarita Singh, Sangeeta Kushwah, V.B. Singh and O.P. Daipuria

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The present study was carried out in Hoshangabad, Babai and Kesla blocks of Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh. A simple random sampling procedure was followed in order to obtain the appropriate sample of rural women. The total sample size was 144. The dependent variable was participation of rural women in agricultural activities. The independent variables were relating to socio-personal, socio-economic, communicational and psychological traits of rural women such as caste, education, marital status, farming experience, annual income, occupation, economic status, land holding, extension participation, extension contact, source of information, mass media exposure, level of aspiration, scientific orientation, attitude towards agriculture and knowledge about agricultural activities. The data were collected by personal interview technique with the help of structured interview schedule. The data were analyzed using statistical methods such as correlation and regression analysis. The traits like education, farming experience, economic status, extension participation, source of information, mass media exposure, level of aspiration, scientific orientation, attitude towards agriculture and knowledge about agricultural activities exhibited positive and strong correlation with level of participation and occupation of the rural women also positively related with level of participation. About 85.92 per cent variation in the extent of participation of rural women in agricultural activities was explained by all the 16 traits taken into consideration. Education, farming experience, economic status, extension participation, source of information, mass media exposure, level of aspiration, scientific orientation, attitude towards agriculture and knowledge about agricultural activities significantly influenced the extent of participation of rural women in agricultural activities.

Keyword: Farm women; Participation

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