30pc funds for women farmers: Sharad Pawar
Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Sharad Pawar on Wednesday informed Members of Parliament (MPs) that 30pc of scheme funds are allocated for women farmers.
"In order to ensure that funds get adequately devolved for women specific needs, 30pc funds are being allocated for development of women farmers under various schemes/programmes with a focus on formation of Women Self Help Groups," said Pawar.
Speaking at the Meeting of the Consultative Committee on "Women in Agriculture", he expressed that rural women play a pivotal role in the entire gamut of agricultural operations ranging from land preparation to post-harvesting operations.
"Their access to productive assets like seed, water, credit, subsidy needs to be enhanced. Women are often not recognized as farmers for want of ownership of land and are not considered as beneficiaries under various government programmes / services," he said.
"Due to wage differentials between men and women in some parts of the country, the situation gets further aggravated."
He elaborated on the steps taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to improve the lot of women farmers and said, "Currently, there are number of schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, wherein there is a provision for women-specific activities.
"These include Gramin Bhandaran Yojana, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, ATMA Scheme, National Food Security Mission National Horticulture Mission etc."
Pawar stated that various ministries in the government have been working towards empowering women farmers and efforts are being to bring about convergence and synergy.
Developing gender disaggregated data and gender budgeting are other key activities which have been taken up to bridge gender inequalities, said Pawar.