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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 9, Issue:6, June, 2020

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(6): 1081-1089

Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through Mushroom Farming
Aditya1 and J. N. Bhatia2*
1Department of Plant Pathology, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Dr. Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri (Hamirpur) HP.
2CCS HAU Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
*Corresponding author

Empowerment of women and gender equality recognized globally as a key element to achieve progress in all areas since they are multifaceted, multidimensional and multilayered concept. Women constitute almost half of the total population of the world and out of this two third of world adult illiterates are women. Entrepreneurship development and income generating activities are a feasible solution for empowering women. Suitable enterprises of women will not only enable them to get better jobs and in becoming economically self reliant and independent but society will also be benefitted. In the present era, mushroom farming is a profitable enterprise since per unit productivity of mushroom is several folds high than any other crop. The enterprise apart from solving the malnutrition problem also pave the way of self employment opportunity to about 66% of the female population living in the rural sector which is idle and unutilized. One of the greatest advantage of this venture is the fact that mushroom have capacity to convert nutritionally value less substances such as wheat and rice straw into nutritional delicacies. Recognizing nutritional and medicinal value, productivity and profitability; mushroom farming has been identified as a profitable enterprise which can lead to integrate rural development by increasing the income and self employment. Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kurukshetra established under the aegis of CCS HAU Hisar is playing a pivot role in economic empowerment particularly for small farmers, farm women, landless laborers by organizing skill oriented trainings and establishment of small enterprises which in turn would improve quality of life of rural families. The results of the present study revealed that by adopting mushroom farming as a profession, there is no need to go outside home for work as sufficient work opportunity is available at home. The major constraints faced by the respondents are inadequate knowledge about mushroom practices, fluctuated prices of the mushroom in the market and lack of precooling and storage facility for the mushroom.

Keywords: Economic empowerment, Enterprise, Mushroom, Rural women

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