Relationship between Gender and Opinion Leadership among the Fish Farmers of Chhattisgarh

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
Email: snojha@cife.edu.in

Received:
17-08-2021

Accepted:
 07-09-2021

Online Published:
15-09-2021

How to cite the Article

Ratre, D., Ojha, S. N., Sharma, A., V, R., & Yadav, R. (2021). Relationship between Gender and Opinion Leadership among the Fish Farmers of Chhattisgarh. Indian Journal of Extension Education, 57(4), 93–96. https://doi.org/10.48165/IJEE.2021.57421 Cite
Ratre, Dileshwari, et al. “Relationship between Gender and Opinion Leadership among the Fish Farmers of Chhattisgarh.” Indian Journal of Extension Education, vol. 57, no. 4, 2021, pp. 93–96, http://doi.org/10.48165/IJEE.2021.57421. Cite
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Ratre D, Ojha SN, Sharma A, V R, Yadav R. Relationship between Gender and Opinion Leadership among the Fish Farmers of Chhattisgarh. IJEE. 2021;57(4):93‑6. DOI: 10.48165/IJEE.2021.57421 Cite
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ABSTRACT

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.

Keywords

Para-extension, Gender, Gender role, Opinion leaders, Opinion seekers