15th October, 2020, Pune
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) inaugurated the Webinar on “Women Farmers: Engineered a New Age Farming Transformations” organized by the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra on the occasion of Mahila Kisan Diwas today. The Webinar was jointly organized in collaboration with the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Pune - II and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kolhapur - II, Maharashtra.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Mohapatra highlighted the farm women’s impeccable works in India. The Director General urged the Krishi Vigyan Kendras for developing the database of women in the farming and service sector of agriculture. Organization of more awareness programmes about balanced food and different components of malnutrition were also the key points of the Director General’s address. Dr. Mohapatra stressed on developing a strategy plan to reach at the household level towards implementing the food and nutritional security programmes including Poshan Thali and Nutrition Garden, etc.
Applauding the KVKs’ role in empowering the farm women, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR stressed on identifying the malnutrition problem in women and children, food consumption pattern, bio-fortified crops / varieties. Dr. Singh urged the KVKs for taking-up the Nutrition Garden Models, Poshan Thali, orienting Anganwadi Workers in campaign mode for producing quality food, round the year producing vegetables and nutritional security.
Dr. (Smt.) R.V. Bhavani, Director (Agriculture-Nutrition-Health), M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai urged for addressing the problem of malnutrition in the rural areas. Citing a case study of Wardha highlighting the dietary pattern, nutrition deficiency, undernourished problem in children and women, she emphasized on growing the biofortified crops for eating the balanced quality foods.
Dr. Lakhan Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Pune, Maharashtra highlighted the various initiatives of women entrepreneurs in every sector of agriculture, especially, in marketing and establishing the Farmers’ Producers’ Organizations (FPOs). He also urged the KVKs for developing more women entrepreneurs and helping to build the Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Smt. Swati A. Shingade, a Woman Entrepreneur urged the women farmers to put their efforts for group-based farming. She also emphasized on developing the Farmers’ Producers’ Organisations (FPOs) for better market linkage for organic and other farm produce.
In total, 590 farm women and Subject Matter Specialists (Home Science) attended the programme across the country.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Pune, Maharashtra)