EMPOWERING FARM WOMEN THROUGH CULTIVATION OF AFRICAN MARIGOLD IN SPECIAL REFERENCE TO KHANDWA DISTRICT OF MADHYA PRADESH, INDIARashmi Shukla, Moni Singh and Y.K. Shukla
An investigation entitled diversification and empowering farm women an economic analysis of marigold cultivation in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh was concluded in Khandwa and chighan makhan block. Further from each village, 20 farmers were selected randomly, so as to constitute atonal sample size of 40. Primery data on costs and returns of the crop were collected by interviewing the farmers through personal visits with the help of an especially structured and pre tested schedule. Cultivation of African marigold in nimar region of Madhya Pradesh has successfully demonstrated that this crop can be grown in Kharif season .The present study was undertaken to assess the benefits of cultivating African marigold for crop diversification and boosting the income of farm women exclusively for which they were imparted practical training on the package of practices and marketing strategy, The result showed that kharif season cultivation yielded 149.22kg/ha and giving a net profit Rs.5307.4/-as against Rs.290/- with the local cultivar. Hence, it can be stated that it was a novel diversification model to economically empower the farm women on sustainable basis.
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