Management of animal husbandry practices by farm women in bhilwara region

Kavita Pareek

Agriculture is the basis of our rural economy and livestock is the back bone of Indian agriculture. In India, Animal husbandry has been an integral part of human civilization. Possession of livestock was a symbol of progress and prosperity of which could be quoted from Vedas and Purans. Women's role is significant not just for the number of tasks they perform but also for their traditional role in integrating agriculture with animal husbandry. Women realise the contribution animals make to crop yield, due to which they are ready to undergo the drudgery of walking miles to get the fodder, making quantities of hay and utilising crop residues for their animals. Women know which leaves and grasses are best for fodder, which can help milch cattle, which plants have veterinary uses. The whole technique of haymaking from 'paral' (rice stalks), madira, mandua stalks and building haystacks or 'lutha' to tide over the crisis months especially long winters, are within the domain of women's expertise. The present study for analysis of women work in animal husbandry has been conducted in 5 Panchayat Samities of Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. Two villages from each PS thus ten Villages selected for research. Primary collection the actual working in village show the former/manager of Animal-Husbandry practices.

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