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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 355 - 357

Women`s Participation in Income Generation Through Jute Handicrafts Production in Selected Area of Bangladesh

M. N. Nabi, M. Y. Sarker, M. M. Uddin Mollah, N. Chowdhury, M. N. Uddin and M. G. Mostofa    

Abstract: Women from both urban and rural areas are coming out of their houses and trying to get them involved in diversified on-farm and off-farm activities for survival. Increasing trend of landlessness and many other socio-economic reasons compel them to do so. This study focussed on the performance of income generating activities of a group of destitute women of Kurigram district of Bangladesh. The women are organized for working under supervision of two non-government organizations working in the locality. Under these organizations they are engaged in jute and allied fiber based handicrafts production. Now it become an important source of income for them and provides substantial support to their family covering about 12 % of the total income. However, in operating the craft, both the women and organizations faced some major problems like capital deficiency, price and marketing constraints, unavailability of inputs/implements, lack of knowledge on modern techniques, malnutrition and illiteracy, etc. In this regard, credit arrangement, improvement of marketing facilities, availability of production inputs/implements, training on technical and managerial skills, creation of diversified employment opportunities and educational programmes need to be undertaken for further development of the sector.

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