Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Vol. 9, Special Issue 2 (2020)
Role performance of farm women in mushroom farming and development of a gender sensitive entrepreneurship model for enhancing income
Lipi Das, N Lugun, S Mahapatra, SK Srivastava, SK Mishra, AC Hemrom and S Pattanaik
A study was conducted in Demando and Baliapada villages from Cuttack district of Odisha for analyzing the gender role with respect to awareness level, role performance, perceived training needs according to their knowledge and skill gaps in mushroom farming and developing a gender sensitive entrepreneurship model for enhancing skill and income of women farmers. The results revealed that 100 per cent of women are fully engaged in compost preparation, production process, watering and harvesting of mushroom whereas, 66.5 percent of women were involved in managing the income and the same percent of men were engaged in marketing. The farm women were fully access to irrigation and spawn while, 62.5 per cent of women had control over irrigation and only 12.5 percent over spawn. The findings further revealed that the farm women had neither access to nor control over the most important financial resource that bank credit which is a matter of concern. Women are mostly involved in packaging (90%) followed by harvesting (62.5%). The awareness level of farm women was highest in case of t identification of type of mushroom with a mean score of 1.8 followed by duration of crops and preparation of value-added products with a mean score of 1.73 and 1.38, respectively. The perceived training needs of farm women for up gradation of knowledge and skill revealed that they needed training in post-harvest management and marketing, harvesting and packaging practices and spawn production, respectively. Based on the findings a multi-stakeholder gender sensitive entrepreneurship model in mushroom farming was developed for enhancing skill and income of farm women and ultimately to make a farm woman a successful woman agripreneur.
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Lipi Das, N Lugun, S Mahapatra, SK Srivastava, SK Mishra, AC Hemrom and S Pattanaik. Role performance of farm women in mushroom farming and development of a gender sensitive entrepreneurship model for enhancing income. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2020;9(2S):354-357.