Female farmer’s view to hand over the ownership rights of the farming land to daughter-in-law - A study of Rural Area of Sikkim in North- Eastern India

Nidhi Dwivedy


The present study has analyzed the existing information about female farmer’s view to hand over the ownership rights of the farming land to daughter-in-law in the rural area of Sikkim in North- Eastern India and suggested some points so that the ownership rights in property can be granted to daughter-in-law. The researcher’s main aim behind this feeling is that having attained the ownership rights, they would be willing to work even harder in farming. In the region despite majority of the population is dependent on agriculture sector, still it is in the evolving shape and poses a variety of challenges. The contribution of women in this noble sector is although enormous yet invisible and does not get counted for much. Social science research in the state of Sikkim is inadequate despite several incentives provided by the state government. Nowadays, with voluminous amount of public expenditure on women empowerment schemes, we cannot ignore this issue thus making it unavoidable to empower them also with the intention to fully utilize their caliber in this field. Keeping this in mind, data was collected from 230 female farmers through interviews using a pre-designed schedule from 24 circles from all the four districts of Sikkim State. Based on their subjective judgments, female farmer’s views to hand over the property to daughter-in-law have been measured and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS). Some descriptive statistics, such as percentage, mean, standard deviation as well as one sample t-test of inferential statistics is used to interpret the data. The findings of the study revealed that significantly more number of sample female farmers on an average are interested in owning property. As far as their views to hand over the property to daughter-in-law is concerned, the data shows that no more number of sample female farmers are in favour of handing over the property to their daughter-in-law. Results pertaining to these findings have been discussed in this paper.

Keywords: Female Farmers, ownership rights, farming land, daughter-in-law, Rural Area, Sikkim.




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