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Indian Journal of Pure & Applied Biosciences (IJPAB)
Year : 2020, Volume : 8, Issue : 6
First page : (550) Last page : (555)
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Agriculture in Kinnaur: An Analysis of Role of Women

Maithili Sharma1* and Kavita Negi2
1Project Assistant, National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai
2Horticulture Extension Officer, Himachal Pradesh
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Received: 3.10.2020 | Revised: 12.11.2020 | Accepted: 17.11.2020 


Kinnaur is a tribal district of Himachal Pradesh and is the abode of Kinnaura tribe that account for 57.95% of the total population of the district. Agriculture is one of the major sources of income in the district and is still done using traditional methods primarily for self consumption. Terrace farming or step farming is practiced in the district. Men and women share the load of agricultural work. Some even accepted that the proportion of work done by women is more than that of men with tilling of the land being the only primary jobs of the males while the preparation of the beds, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, thrashing and storage were all women's job. This is a part of the responsibilities that the womenfolk of the tribe undertake along with childcare, household chores and cattle rearing. It is only during the winter months that the area remains snow covered that they do not have to go out to work in the fields. The efforts of these women however are unrated and only for the subsistence of the family.

Keywords:  Farming, Weeding, Irrigation, Harvesting, Thrashing, Storage

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Cite this article: Sharma, M., & Negi, K. (2020). Agriculture in Kinnaur: an analysis of role of women, Ind. J. Pure App. Biosci. 8(6), 550-555. doi: