Thousands of smallholder women poultry farmers lose business to coronavirus misconceptions -Ajit Kanitkar and Deepak Tushir
More than ten thousand tribal and Dalit small holder poultry farmers who had successfully built cooperative enterprise and escaped poverty, were forced to cull chickens due to rumors linking spread of coronavirus to chicken consumption
Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh): Kunti Dhurve is a small holder poultry producer from Jamundol village in Kesla administrative block of Hoshangabad District in Madhya Pradesh. Out of the total 15,000 households in Kesla, about 9,000 are tribal households. About 13% belong to the Scheduled Castes.
Kunti Dhurve is also the president of Kesla Poultry Society, a cooperative society formed in 2001. About 1,300 small holder poultry women farmers of tribal and Dalit communities from 47 villages of Hoshangabad and Betul districts of Madhya Pradesh are owner-members of this society.
In this part of Madhya Pradesh, road network is not well developed, with just over a quarter of the villages linked by all-weather roads. Agriculture is mostly rain-fed, with the farmers practicing rudimentary agricultural practices. In such a scenario, the women have been rearing chicken, with financial success.
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VillageSquare.in, 29 April, 2020, https://www.villagesquare.in/2020/04/29/thousands-of-smallholder-women-poultry-farmers-lose-business-to-coronavirus-misconceptions-i/