Time Utilization Pattern of Tribal Women in Animal Husbandry

Atul Borgohain and Afzal Hoque Akand


The study was conducted in two tribal development blocks of two districts of Assam namely Kamrup and Lakhimpur. Data were collected from 348 tribal women by a pre-designed interview schedule. Different socio-personal characteristics showed that most of the tribal women were in older age group, belonged to nuclear and not heading the family, illiterate and rearing smaller herd/flock size. Time spent pattern of the tribal women in various animal husbandry operations in descending order, were preparing feed for animals (29.33 minutes), providing water to the animals (21.24 minutes), cleaning animal shed (20.42 minutes), grazing animals (19.28 minutes), milking (18.06 minutes), cutting and bringing fodder (16.39 minutes). The study also revealed that most of the animal husbandry operations were female dominated as compared to their male partners. Regression analysis proved that family educational status, flock size (sheep/goat) and age of the tribal women were highly correlated with time spent on animal husbandry operation. Similarly, regression analysis indicates herd size and family education had influence of 18 per cent with the time spent behaviour of tribal women

Keyword: Tribal women; Animal Husbandry

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