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Discuss in what way cooperatives and unions can prove to be pathways to financial stability for women dairy farmers in the country.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

2. Discuss in what way cooperatives and unions can prove to be pathways to financial stability for women dairy farmers in the country. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article presents the scope of cooperatives and unions as the pathway for women dairy farmers.

Key Demand of the question:

One must discuss in what way cooperatives and unions can prove to be pathways to financial stability for women dairy farmers in the country.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with contribution of women to White revolution in India.

Body:

Explain that the success of women despite a majority of dairy farmers owning only small landholdings (typically households own two to five cows) is also a testament to the success of the dairy cooperatives models that were at the heart of Operation Flood. The approach made it possible to enhance backward and forward linkages in the dairy value chain, paving the way for freeing small farmers from the clutches of middlemen, and guaranteed minimum procurement price for milk.

Then discuss the challenges facing small Dairy farmers.

Talk about the role of women and about Enhancing Bargaining Power of Women.

Give examples and explain in what way cooperatives and unions can prove to be pathways to financial stability for women dairy farmers in the country.

Conclusion:

Conclude with scope of cooperatives and unions to women farmers in general.