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Health Hazards for Women in Tobacco Cultivation in Andhra Pradesh, India


  • Chikkala Kranthi Kumar


Women workers in Andhra Pradesh play a crucial role in tobacco cultivation. This article discusses their involvement in regular operations and examines and assesses the health hazards they risk in the course of their work. There is an uneconomical use of human energy due to long hours of work, task postures deleterious to the body and exposure to pesticides. The tedious work, inhospitable environment and poor socio-economic conditions lead to chronic morbidity. It is unfortunate that these workers are not getting the protection of laws that apply to them. Massive intervention in this sector is a responsibility of the departments of labour and public health.

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  • Chikkala Kranthi Kumar, 2021. "Health Hazards for Women in Tobacco Cultivation in Andhra Pradesh, India," Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Centre for Women's Development Studies, vol. 28(2), pages 276-293, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:indgen:v:28:y:2021:i:2:p:276-293
    DOI: 10.1177/0971521521997968

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    1. E. Krishna Rao, 2006. "Role of Women in Agriculture: A Micro Level Study," Journal of Global Economy, Research Centre for Social Sciences,Mumbai, India, vol. 2(2), pages 107-118, June.
    2. Sisodia, J. S., 1985. "Role of Farm Women in Agriculture: A Study of Chambal Command Area of Madhya Pradesh," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 40(3), July.
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