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NATURE AND EXTENT OF RURAL WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN AGRICULTURAL AND NON-AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Article Id: ARCC2188 | Page : 254-259
Citation :- NATURE AND EXTENT OF RURAL WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN AGRICULTURAL AND NON-AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES.Agricultural Science Digest.2009.(29):254-259
K.S. Farid, L. Mozumdar, M.S. Kabir and U.K. Goswami
Address : Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh.

Abstract

Rural women in Bangladesh are involved in different works in agricultural and non-agricultural
sectors. The present study was undertaken to determine the nature and extent of participation of
rural women in various agricultural and non-agricultural activities. A sample size of 96 women
labour was drawn from three villages of Mithapukur upazial (25º23´ to 25º41´N latitude and 89º06´
to 89º26´E longitude) of Rangpur district (25º17´ to 25º57´N latitude and 88º95´ to 89º32´E
longitude). The findings showed that most of the respondents constitute economically active age
group who were mostly illiterate. Rural women area largely took part in homestead gardening,
harvesting crops, post-harvest operation, selling labour, sewing katha, ‘buying daily necessities’
and rice husking by dhekhi. Women were involved in various activities in order to meet basic
family needs, increase family income and meet additional family requirements. The values of
correlation coefficient (r) indicated that age of the respondents, amount of indebtedness of the
family and family size were positively, and level of education and size of landholding are negatively
associated with the participation of rural women in various agricultural and non-agricultural activities,
whereas, average annual income and wage rate have no significant relationship with their
participation in various activities.

Keywords

Women in rural Bangladesh.

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