Indian Journal of Extension Education Year: 2021 (OCt-Dec), Volume: (57), Issue. (4) First page: (93) Last page: (96) Online ISSN: 2454-552X Print ISSN: 0537- 1996 doi: 10.48165/IJEE.2021.57421
Relationship between Gender and Opinion Leadership among the Fish Farmers of Chhattisgarh
Dileshwari Ratre1, S. N. Ojha2*, Arpita Sharma3, Ramasubramanian V.4 and Rajpal Yadav5
1,5Ph.D. Scholar, 2,3Principal Scientist, Department of Fisheries Economics, Extension and Statistics, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai-400061, Maharashtra 4Principal Scientist (Agricultural Statistics), ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi-110012
Corresponding Author: S. N. Ojha
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The ratio of fish farmers to fisheries extension professionals was 1:1000 which is too low. Para-extension functionaries can fill up this gap in the fisheries sector to improve the production and productivity of fishers. The opinion leaders from the local fish farmers community will help identify fish farmers who can further transfer the knowledge concerning how to fish to others through their diffusion network. This study was undertaken to analyze gender roles in fish farming and their relation with opinion leaders. It was observed that 90% of male fish farmers had control of fisheries/family resources, and 97 per cent of fish farmers were found to have contact with male opinion leaders. At the same time, 33% of female fish farmers were contacted by shelf help groups and local progressive farmers. The study shows that the opinion leaders influenced the fish farmers’ diffusion network and their knowledge about how to fish. To involve women in the fisheries sector, empower women, there is also a need to select opinion leaders preferred by women fish farmers.
Para-extension, Gender, Gender role, Opinion leaders, Opinion seekers