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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2020, Volume : 8, Issue : 6
First page : (16) Last page : (27)
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Women SHGs in The Midst of Covid 19 Pandemic: A Cautionary Glimpse on a Transition in Kerala Fisheries

Vipinkumar V.P.*, Reshma Gills, Swathilekshmi P.S., Narayanakumar R., Ramachandran C., Shinoj Subramannian, Vikas P.A., Aswathy N., Athira P.V., and Ambrose T.V.
*Principal Scientist & ATIC Manager, Socio Economic Evaluation & Technology Transfer Division, (SEETTD), ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, India
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Received: 2.10.2020 | Revised: 4.11.2020 | Accepted: 10.11.2020 


A study was conducted on the impact of Covid 19 pandemic among selected microenterprises of women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) in marine fisheries sector in Kerala State. Their level of performance and extent of empowerment were assessed through appropriate indices of measurement based on the data from SHGs of 16 different conspicuous fishery based micro enterprises in Kerala state. The gender analysis and economic feasibility analysis based on personal interview and focus group interaction meetings with members of SHGs were undertaken. The male and female counterparts of the families of respondents were separately interviewed to assess the gender mainstreaming impact in terms of equity and equality to access and control over the resources, participation profile, decision making, gender need analysis etc. The major micro enterprises of the SHGs studied were seafood kitchen unit, fish Cold Storage Unit, fish drying, ornamental fisheries, fish fertiliser,  Fish Amino Acid Unit, bivalve farming, clam processing, cage culture, aquaponics, Chinese dip net,  aqua tourism,   integrated farming etc. Economic Feasibility analysis was done for the fishery based micro enterprises accomplished by SHGs and developed Business Plans of the microenterprises representing the indicative economics projecting the Break Even Pont (BEP) and Pay Back Period (PBP) of micro-enterprises. The same scale was used in the present Covid 19 pandemic phase to measure the present level of performance. The quantum of reduction in performance of the SHGs was assessed though structured data gathering protocols developed for the study. Personal interview with the SHG members on virtual platform was used as a medium of data collection. The present situation is elucidated though case studies.

Keywords:  Covid 19 pandemic, Self Help Group, Performance level, Break Even Point, Pay Back Period.

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Cite this article: Vipinkumar, V. P., Gills, R., Swathilekshmi, P. S., Narayanakumar, R., Ramachandran, C., Subramannian, S., Vikas, P. A., Aswathy, N., Athira, P. V., & Ambrose, T. V. (2020). Women SHGs in the Midst of Covid 19 Pandemic: A Cautionary Glimpse on a Transition in Kerala Fisheries, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci. 8(6), 16-27. doi: