Ashwini Pawara, Adhiti Bhanotra and Manish Sawant
Department of Veterinary and A.H. Extension, Mumbai Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai-400012,MAFSU, Maharashtra, India
The present study was conducted in Thane district of Maharashtra. Thane district has seven blocks, out of which three blocks namely Bhiwandi, Murbad and Shahapur were selected purposively and from each selected block, four villages were selected randomly. From each village, ten respondents were selected who had at least two poultry birds with a minimum 1-3 years of experience in poultry rearing. Thus, a total of 120 farmwomen were selected. Data were collected personally with the help of a pre-tested structured interview schedule and analyzed with the help of frequency, mean, standard deviation, percentage and Cumulative square root technique (CSRT). Most of the decisions related to different aspects viz. feeding, health care, finance, marketing and management of poultry farming were taken by farm women on their own only. The major findings were that the majority (68.33%) of the respondents made decisions about health care and management by self-followed by 25.00 per cent of respondents who used to consult their spouse and only 06.67 per cent consulted their family members. The majority (95.83%) of farm women made decisions regarding the type and quantity of feed required for poultry birds. 96.66 per cent of the women made self-decisions in deciding feeding schedules. The majority (81.67%) of the farm women were actively deciding the place of marketing of poultry products by self. The majority (77.50%) of the respondents made their own decisions without consulting others when it came to the adoption of any new technologies related to poultry farming whereas 16.67 per cent respondents consulted their spouse and only 05.83 per cent consulted their family members. This strength of making decisions alone regarding poultry farming clearly indicates the decision-making power and capabilities of farm women.