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Agricultural Economics Research Review
Year : 2016, Volume : 29, Issue : 2
First page : ( 313) Last page : ( 318)
Print ISSN : 0971-3441. Online ISSN : 0974-0279.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-0279.2016.00059.8

Impact of Women Dairy Co-operative Societies on Income and Employment of Women in Begusarai District of Bihar

Kumari Binita*, Malhotra Ravinder

Division of Dairy Economics, Statistics and Management, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132 001, Haryana

*Author for correspondence Email: b.binitakumari@gmail.com

§ This paper is drawn from M. Sc. (Agricultural Economics) thesis entitled, ‘Impact of Dairy Co-operatives on Women Empowerment in Begusarai District of Bihar: A Socio-economic Analysis ’, of the first author submitted to ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, in 2015.

JEL Classification: J16, Q12, Q13


The study has analysed the impact of membership of women in dairy co-operative society on their income and employment. The study has been conducted in Begusarai district of Bihar by collecting data from 80 member and 80 non-member milk producing households which were stratified into small (<4), medium (5 & 6) and large (>6) herd size categories. Monthly income from both crossbred cows and buffaloes has been found to be more in WDCS members than non-members. The impact of season on income has also been found to be positive and significant, indicating higher income in winter than summer season. The average annual employment has been observed more for member households than non-member households. In terms of time, the maximum time was spent in bringing fodder from fields both in WDCS members and non-member households. The study has concluded that Women Dairy Co-operatives are instrumental in enhancing income and employment of women dairy farmers.



Income, employment, women dairy co-operatives, Bihar.


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