Decision Making Prototype of Tribal Women in Farm Related Activities

Monsumi Borah, Manoshi Baruah Deka and Sayanika Borah


The tribal population in India constitutes a significant part of the population and the women in a tribal society are found to play a significant role in an agrarian country like India where farming is the main family occupation. Thus the study was therefore designed to comparatively analyse the decision making prototype of tribal women of Jorhat district of Assam in farm related activities. The study was conducted among two of the distinct tribes- Miching and the Shyam which revealed that amongst the Miching tribe, apart from post harvest processing (76.67%), all other decisions related to crop production and farm management were either taken in conjoint or the tribal women did not participated at all. With regard to the Shyam tribe, independent decisions were however seen mainly in post harvest processing (80.00%), weeding (58.33%) and transplanting (55.00%). Pertaining to decision making related to kitchen gardening, independent decisions was found in almost all activities amongst the Miching tribal women baring a few. In case of Shyam tribe, independent decisions related to kitchen gardening was mainly seen in harvesting (75.00%), irrigation (66.67%) and seed sowing (61.67%).

Keyword: Decision making; Comparison; Tribal women; Farm related activities

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