12 December 2012, Bangalore
Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bangalore, organized the ‘Women in Agriculture Day’ on 12th December 2012. Smt.Vani Vishwanath, President, Bangalore Urban Jilla Panchayat and Smt. Susheelamma, President, Sumangali Sevashrama, Bangalore were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Dr. A.S.Sidhu, Director, IIHR, presided over the function. Smt. Vani Vishwanath stressed the need for women’s empowerment and said that rural women have to take benefit of government schemes and programs. Smt. Susheelamma lauded Smt. Vani Vishwanath’s efforts at women’s empowerment and requested her to look into the possibility of developing a shopping area exclusively for selling goods produced/prepared by small scale women entrepreneurs.
Short presentations on topics of interest for farm women viz., different types of edible mushroom, its cultivation and nutritional importance; how to minimize pesticide residue in food; flower arrangement and extending shelf life of flowers; extending shelf life and food preservation; and financial assistance to farmers from banking sector were delivered. An interactive quiz programme was also conducted. Dr. Girija Ganeshan, Chairperson CCSHWW and Women Cell, IIHR organized the programme. About 200 farm women from in and around Hessaraghatta village and IIHR staff participated in the programme.
(Source: IIHR, Bangalore)