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Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana led to enhanced participation and empowerment of women in agriculture: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
In India, women play a crucial and active role in agricultural development and allied fields. They contribute as cultivators and allied works despite far low ownership of operational holdings as compared to men. Thus gender disparity in ownership of landholdings in agriculture continues, say experts on the basis Census 2011 data.

"The Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare is also promoting mainstreaming of Gender Concerns in agriculture by ensuring flow of funds and benefits to the tune of 30% for women farmers under its beneficiary oriented Schemes and Programmes. Besides, Government is providing additional support and assistance to women farmers, over and above the male farmers under a few selected Schemes," stated an official release as per information was given by the Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on July 9.

The release adds that according to recent data, the percentage of female operational holdings in the country have increased from 12.78 percent during 2010-11 to 13.78 percent during 2015-16.

It has been informed that in line with the provisions of National Policy for Farmers and  Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) as a sub-component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission with its central unding support has led to empowerment of women by enhancing their participation in agriculture and to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for them.

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