A Study on the Impact of Psychological and Emotional Factors on Women Labours in Cashew Industry in Dakshina Kannada District
Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) holds a vital position in the global market, as it is a prominent commodity within the agricultural sector. Notably, in India, the cultivation of cashew has historically been a significant contributor to the small-scale agricultural labour-intensive industry. Moreover, this sector has played a pivotal role in providing employment opportunities for a substantial number of women workers. In recent years, emergent challenges have arisen, aggravated by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. This study delves into the experiences of female labours in the cashew industry, revealing work-related stress as a significant issue impacting productivity due to psychological and emotional factors. The research design adopts a qualitative approach, utilizing in-depth structured questionnaire interviews with women labourers. The analysis will be employed to analyze the collected data, encompassing demography, ergonomic assessment of the working environment. The potential findings will illuminate the pivotal role of social support in alleviating the impact of work-related stress. The study delves into the effectiveness of coping mechanisms adopted by women labours to navigate their well-being challenges. Additionally, the research investigates how these impacts may differ based on socio-economic background and educational attainment. The expected outcomes of the study are poised to provide valuable insights. These insights will inform recommendations for crafting workplace policies and targeted programs. The study also emphasizes the importance of heightened awareness and extending social support networks. Addressing gender disparities within the industry, ameliorating working conditions, and advocating for further research are key components of the proposed improvement strategies. In summary, this study possesses the capacity to guide interventions and tactics with the goal of bolstering the well-being of women labours of cashew industry in Dakshina Kannada district. Such endeavours are poised to foster workplace equality and inclusiveness.
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