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Decision Making Pattern on Existing Feeding Practices among the Dairy Farmers of Manipur

Abul K. Azad Priyajoy Kar Sanjeev Kumar
Vol 9(2), 183-189

Dairy farming is one of the notable sectors in India. It is a means of nutritional and livelihood support to many individuals. The most commercial state amongst the several for dairy farming are Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The dairy farming requires proper knowledge, management and well decision support system. The success of dairy farming depends on the proper decision making at right time such fodder requirement, artificial insemination, healthcare, selection of breed, mineral mixture etc. In Indian context, mostly the task related to dairy farming done by the women and it is vigorously found in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra although there, the women are less empowered. Another empirical fact is that in the North Eastern States of India, the women are comparatively more empowered than other parts of India. Therefore, it becomes kin interest to know the use of empowerment in the form of decision making pattern related to dairy farming in Manipur. The study has been conducted in the two district of Manipur namely Imphal West and Imphal East, there were 80 farm families interviewed personally with the help of semi-structured interview schedule. Some of the heartfelt facts about empowerment on the basis of decision making pattern related to feeding pattern has been found that the male counterpart has been playing a significant role in almost all the parameters such as green fodder to be fed, quantity of green fodder to be fed and quantity of dry fodder to be fed were 88.75 percent, 90.00 percent and 90.00 percent respectively. Thus, it brings to the conclusion that the empowered women of Manipur are not empowered in feeding of dairy animals. The work and decision related to feeding and taking care of animals goes to male counterpart.

Keywords : Decision Making Empowerment Feeding Knowledge Management

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