Women participation in livestock activities in Nangarhar province
Sayed Attaul Haq Banuree
This study was carried out aiming to investigate women’s participation and time spending in different livestock activities. Totally 180 women were randomly selected and interviewed based on a pre-tested questionnaire through face to face interview. Results depicted that most of the respondents were illiterate (82.7%) with mean average age of 37 years. The results also revealed that women participated mostly in pregnant animal care (72.2%), cleaning house of animals (66.7%), feeding of animals (66.1%), making dung cakes (58.9%), watering of animals (57.8%), milking of animals (55%), processing the products of animals (50%) and disposing dungs (51.7%). Women were not busy at all with marketing of animals and their products (61%), breeding (95%), vaccination (95%), treatment (86.1%), health care (51.6%) and processing the products (50%) of animals. Cattle, Buffalo, and goats were reared mostly based on intensive rearing system. On the contrary, sheep and poultry were reared mostly in semi-intensive and extensive rearing systems, respectively. They have spent about 7 hours and 9 minutes/day in different livestock activities. It can be concluded that most women were illiterate and were involved mostly in livestock management activities compared to animal treatment and prevention of diseases.