Climate Change: India plans women-friendly agricultural equipment

By: | Published: June 22, 2016 2:39 PM

Men are migrating to cities, leaving behind women in villages. That's impacting agriculture as women find it difficult to use heavy equipment used for farming. But that is going to change as the government plans to develop women-friendly equipment to sustain agriculture.

The event was organised jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Delhi-based IEG. (Image Source: Website)The event was organised jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Delhi-based IEG. (Image Source: Website)

Men are migrating to cities, leaving behind women in villages. That’s impacting agriculture as women find it difficult to use heavy equipment used for farming. But that is going to change as the government plans to develop women-friendly equipment to sustain agriculture.

“Large numbers of men are migrating in search of jobs. This is due to severe drought and other natural disasters caused by the climate change. These men are leaving behind women who cannot cultivate the land as most of the equipment used for farming are heavy and meant for men,” R.B. Sinha, Joint Secretary to Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, told IANS.

The capacity of women has to be enhanced to sustain agriculture in the country in view of demographic and socio-economic changes in rural areas due to climate change, Sinha said.

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“With men migrating, the government has to equip women in rural areas with friendly technologies to sustain agriculture,” he said here last week during the Knowledge Forum on Climate Resilient Development in Himalyan and Downstream Regions.

The event was organised jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Delhi-based IEG.

“Mechanisation development division of the agriculture ministry and Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) are working together to innovate women-friendly agriculture equipment,” Sinha said.

“Work has started to innovate women-friendly equipment and techniques to help small and marginal farmers, mostly women,” he added.

Sinha said the government will provide subsidies on the women-friendly agriculture equipment to encourage its use.

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