Anima Mitra, a 42-year-old marginal farmer from Sonamara, a village in India’s remote northeast region, is angry that in the 2011 government census, an official recorded her as “a housewife without an occupation”, even though she has grown food for her family for the past 20 years.
“As sharecroppers, we farm others’ land and take 50 percent of the harvest. But since my husband’s death three years ago, the land owners are refusing to let me till. They say I am incapable of doing it on my own,” sighs Mitra.
Women are also excluded from meetings and workshops organised by the local council to inform farmers about new agricultural schemes and train them in innovative methods, she adds."
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