16 October 2022, New Delhi: Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas was celebrated at ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar to mark the significant contribution and participation of farm women in agriculture here today. This year the focus was on prioritizing the pivotal role of farm women in alleviating malnutrition and enhancing nutritional security.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, in his Presidential address applauded and motivated the farm women nationwide for their immense contribution in agriculture and emphasized the importance of gender equity for enhancing the potential of farm women. He exorted that nutrition enhancement is critical and should be ensured with multifaceted approaches for holistic development of rural families.
Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) graced the occassion as Special Guest. He emphasized on collaborative research work with other ICAR Institutes for mainstreaming women farmers. Further, he stated that, ICAR-CIWA should develop a model which will be accepted globally for women empowerment.
Dr. Bhupendra Nath Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), applauded the contribution of farm women in animal husbandry sector and also highlighted the scope of enterpreneurship in the sector.
Dr J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), briefed about the scope and utilization of village ponds for profitable fish farming by women farmers.
Dr. R.C. Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education), briefed about the importance of celebrating Rashtriya Mahila Kisan Diwas and activities undertaken by ICAR-CIWA in Nutri-Smart villages through Poshan Abhiyan. He urged the farm women to be instrumental in developing Nutri-Smart villages.
Earlier, Dr. Anil Kumar, Director, ICAR-CIWA, delivered welcome address.
A Farmer – Scientist Interface was also organized on sustainable agriculture techniques, crop varieties and farm management.
An exhibition was organised to display nutri-dense crop varieties and food items. The women farmers from the Nutri-Smart villages showcased their nutritional traditional food items.
More than 300 farm women from Institute adopted villages and nearly more than 500 women farmers across India joined the celebration through digital mode. The event offered a platform for many farmwomen for sharing their achievements and experiences.
The progressive women farmers were also awarded during the event for their outstanding performances in agriculture and allied sector.
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