06 March 2023, Punjab, India: CropLife India celebrated Women’s Day by organizing an event “Celebration of Womanhood”.The objective of the celebrations was to recognize the invaluable contribution of women farmers in agriculture and economic development. Training on safe and responsible usage of agrochemicals and identification of counterfeits were imparted; which are imminent for safe crop protection. The program was organized with the help of EFFORT, implementing NGO partner of CropLife India at Abohar, District Fazilka, Punjab.
Around 400 women farmers participated from the nearby villages of Fazilka. Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Additional Deputy (General), Fazilka presided over the function. Dr. Rekha Sood Handa, Principal, Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College, Abohar; Ms. Maya Devi, Agriculture Inspector; Mr. Des Raj Kamboj (Panel Advocate) District Legal Services Authority, Fazilka; Mr. Naresh Kamboj, (Para- Legal Volunteer) District Legal Services Authority, Fazilka; Ms. Gauri Sacheva, Head – Sakhi Kendra Central, Fazilka (Social Security Women & Child Development) along with Ms. Rupinder Kour, Subject Matter Specialist KVK ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering & Technology (CIPHET), Ms. Navdeep Kour, Child Development Project Officer Abohar and Ms. Gagandeep Kour, BDPO Khuian Sarwar, District Fazilka, Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra were present during the occasion.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Additional Deputy (General), Fazilka said, “As the theme of International Women’s Day ‘23 is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’; we salute the spirit of womanhood as women are the real architects of society. Women have been contributing to a multitude of activities of farming, which necessitates the knowledge transfer of crop protection technology. Moreover, as iterated in an African proverb – if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.”
“CropLife India is calling on fellow food and agriculture stakeholders across India to #EmbraceEquity and work towards women empowerment to achieve sustainable and equitable food systems and rural development.”
The program was conducted with various activities like mushroom processing, kitchen garden activities, food processing, waste management, integrated pest management & cultural performances by women to motivate, educate and make them aware of their own potential and abilities.
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