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Agrotechfpc In Women Empowerment

In India’s poorest rural families, goat rearing is an important source of income. There is always a demand for goats as they are a source of food and so it can be easily sold too. In fact, the goats are often known as "ATMs" because it has been a convinient source of cash.

Unlike more valuable or worthful operations on farms in India—crops, for example the goats are handled almost exclusively by women. They bring them out for grazing, take care of them when they’re ill, and sell them at the market.

And here’s the most vital point - the money which women earns from their goats will stays in their hands. With more control of their finances, women not only improve their status within the homes, but they also have greater ability to make decisions and have greater power over their own lives. Many research study proves that when women earn cash, they can spend it on things which improves the quality of their life and their family. That means more money for buying food to improve nutrition, schooling for children, visiting a doctor, or even building a toilet.

India has nearly 135 million goats which is one-sixth of the total goats population in the world. With more than 70 percent of poor, rural families are helping to raise them. There is a huge or vast potential for goats to aid women’s empowerment. But, that potential has not been fully realized because of a lack of access to veterinary services in India and mortality rates for goats are as high as 40 percent.

Agrotechfpc was formed by farmers of Villupuram district which is one of the poorest districts in India and has one of the country’s largest populations of goats. Working through local women’s groups, the program aims to increase incomes for 50,000 of India’s poorest women by 30 percent.