Development of Women Entrepreneur Through Value Addition of Horticultural Crops

  • P. K. Pal
  • R. Chatterjee


Although women play a vital role in the farm and home system and contribute substantially in the physical aspect of farming, livestock management, postharvest and allied activities, but they are socially suppressed, are educationally at a disadvantageous position and have little say in the decision-making process due to lack of independent income source in hand. Entrepreneurship development among rural women cannot only enhance national productivity and generate employment but also help to develop economic independence and personal and social capabilities. The present paper reviews the concept of women entrepreneurship, their characteristics, problems and challenges and factors responsible for the development of women entrepreneurship in Indian social-political system. The paper emphasised on different fields of value addition to be undertaken by women to develop their own business and also discussed the steps to be followed to develop it with an elaborate list of schemes and institutions which supports entrepreneurship for women in different levels. Finally, the paper advocated a comprehensive extension strategy to promote entrepreneurship among women and concluded that women can do wonders by their effectual and competent involvement in entrepreneurial activities if they are supported and motivated by skill development, financial assistance and removing social stigma.


Fruit Juice Rural Woman Business Management Process Horticultural Crop Push Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural ExtensionUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia
  2. 2.Department of Vegetable and Spice CropsUttar Banga Krishi ViswavidyalayaCooch BeharIndia

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