Socio-economic status of fisherwomen community in coastal Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, India

  • Kanchi Bhargavi Department of FRM, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai-400 061, Maharashtra, India
  • Bhogeshwar B. Chirwatkar Department of FRM, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, WBUAFS, Chakgaria, Kolkata-700 094, West Bengal, India
  • Anish Das Department of FRM, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, WBUAFS, Chakgaria, Kolkata-700 094, West Bengal, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2693-3418
  • Samarendra Behera Department of FRM, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, WBUAFS, Chakgaria, Kolkata-700 094, West Bengal, India
  • Dibakar Bhakta ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Regional Center, B-12, Hans Society, Harney Road, Vadodara-390 022, Gujarat, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3871-3028
Keywords: Socio-economics, livelihood, fisherwomen community, Vizianagaram district

Abstract

The socio-economics of six fisherwomen co-operative societies in coastal Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh were studied through field surveys by interviewing a total of 185 respondents. Respondents were mostly middle aged (31 – 56 years; 61.6%) living in nuclear families (64.9%). Majority of the fisherwomen were found illiterate (88.1%). A greater proportion (84.9%) of fisherwomen involved in fish marketing as a primary occupation followed by salting and curing (9.73%) and pickling of fishes (5.4%). More than half (56.2%) of the respondents earned > Rs. 25,000 (USD$ 1 = Rs. 75) every month. The study revealed that the socio-economic condition of the fisherwomen in the study area is poor, with a high percentage of the illiteracy. Necessary steps should be taken by the Governments organizations, NGOs and respective stakeholders to improve the literacy level as well as livelihood status.

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Published
2020-04-27
How to Cite
Bhargavi, K., Chirwatkar, B. B., Das, A., Behera, S., & Bhakta, D. (2020). Socio-economic status of fisherwomen community in coastal Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Fisheries, 8(1), 741-745. Retrieved from http://journal.bdfish.org/index.php/fisheries/article/view/JFish2010