Dipak Nath, Th. Robindro Singh and Ph. Ranjit Sharma
CAU, Imphal, Manipur
The women in general play a very important role in every community. The status of women in India differs in each region. In most parts of India women are considered as a weaker section of the society due to various reasons like gender differences, customs, traditions, attitudes and also due to patriarchal nature of the society. However, today in most parts of the country women are outshining and enjoying equal rights as men and striving for the best. The women in Northeast India have been performing a dominating role in overall activities of the region. The North East region of India consisting of the state Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur. The study was conducted in the plain districts of Manipur state. Altogether 110 randomly selected farm women were included as sample of respondents for the study. The study reveals that more than 50 per cent farm women participated jointly with family members in harvesting, intercultural operation, storing of harvested crops. In addition to this, a large percentage of farm women did not contributed labour at all in application of pesticides, land preparation and in seed treatment. It is also found that more than 50 per cent of farm women contributed labour independently in cooking, care of children & elderly persons and washing clothes whereas more than 50 per cent of farm women were jointly engaged in feeding and taking care of the animals. It is interesting to note that majority of farm women independently engaged in weaving.