A Study On Fisherwomen Co-Operative Societies In Visakhapatnam District Of Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Umarani Bachu
Prof. B. Lilly Grace Eunice


The fisheries sector in coastal regions like Andhra Pradesh, India, holds immense importance for livelihoods, particularly for fisherwomen who often remain marginalized. Fisherwomen cooperative societies have emerged as vehicles for empowering these women and fostering sustainable fishing practices. However, challenges impede their effectiveness and sustainability. This study delves into the fisherwomen cooperative societies in Visakhapatnam District, Andhra Pradesh, examining their organizational structures, socio-economic impacts, promotion of sustainable practices, and encountered challenges. Through surveys and data analysis, the study assesses employment opportunities, nature of activities, and problems faced by these societies. Findings reveal limited direct employment opportunities but potential for indirect roles in marketing and exports. While all societies engage in fish cultivation, marketing challenges persist due to reliance on middlemen and limited awareness. Production hurdles include seed quality and technical knowledge, while financial constraints hinder growth. Lack of infrastructure affects marketing efforts, necessitating interventions like cold storage and transportation facilities. Addressing these challenges through policy initiatives can enhance the resilience and sustainability of fisherwomen cooperative societies, contributing to the socio-economic development of fishing communities and broader society.

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Umarani Bachu

Research Scholar, Department of Economics, Andhra University, A.P 

Prof. B. Lilly Grace Eunice

Research Director, Department of Economics, Andhra University, A.P.