Seasonal Migration as a Livelihood Strategy of Women Agricultural Labourers in Soul Ponamara Mouza of Hirbandh Block, Bankura District, West Bengal

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Title Seasonal Migration as a Livelihood Strategy of Women Agricultural Labourers in Soul Ponamara Mouza of Hirbandh Block, Bankura District, West Bengal
 
Creator Nandi, Debmita
Sarkar, Sumana
 
Subject Livelihood Strategy
Agricultural Labourer
Seasonal Migration
Food Insecurity
Sustainable Integrated Plan
Bankura
West Bengal
India
Human Geography
Sociology
Social Work
Social Sciences
Humanities
Agricultural Geography
 
Description Seasonal migration is a common livelihood strategy among marginal and landless people of the western part of West Bengal. The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and Census data have failed to provide information on seasonal migration and livelihoods at the micro-level. The present study focuses on the nature, characteristics and factors of seasonal migration with its importance as a livelihood strategy among women agricultural labourers (WALs) in Soul Ponamara mouza of Hirbandh block at the micro-level. The study is based on primary data collection using a purposive sampling method and a semi-structured questionnaire, personal interview and focus group discussion. This study reveals that seasonal migration from Soul Ponamara to the adjacent agriculturally prosperous districts viz. Purba Bardhaman and Hooghly (4 to 6 times in a year) is a common livelihood strategy among WALs in the study area, and its proportion is almost equal to when compared to male migrants. The small size of agricultural land holding, existing monoculture system, lack of irrigation facilities, a limited job opportunity in the Soul Ponamara mouza and its surrounding area (Amjhuri, Bijardihi, Chaka Doba, Moshiara, Bamni and Rangametia) provoke women labourers to move out in searching of works. In contrast, high wage and massive demand for skilled and semi-skilled agricultural labourers during sowing and harvesting season in the destination area, that is, paddy and potato fields of Purba Bardhaman and Hooghly districts acted as a magnet to absorb these immigrants into the workforce. This study concludes that seasonal migration opted for employment and income generation is the primary livelihood strategy adopted by the rural WALs of this mouza to cope up with the existing poverty and food insecurity.
 
Publisher Alliance for Community Capacity Building
 
Date 2020-11-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/886
10.20896/saci.v8i3.886
 
Source Space and Culture, India; Vol 8 No 3 (2020): Space and Culture, India; 71-85
2052-8396
10.20896/saci.v8i3
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://spaceandculture.in/index.php/spaceandculture/article/view/886/444
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Debmita Nandi, Sumana Sarkar
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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