National Women Farmers’ Day (Mahila Kisan Divas) 15.10.2017
National Women Farmers’ Day (Mahila Kisan Divas) was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, CRIDA on 15.10.2017 at Hayathnagar Research Farm with the participation of women farmers from Ranga Reddy district. Dr. V.Maruthi, Head & Principal Scientist, KVK welcomed the Chief guests, Resource persons and briefed the importance of the day and women’s role in agriculture. The resource persons Dr.K.Uma Maheswari, Head, PGRC, PJTSAU in her lecture informed the women farmers about the health, nutrition, diet, nutritive value of millets and discussed about the problems faced by women in farm activities. Dr.Sarah Kamala, Professor, AICRP (H.Sc.) in her lecture discussed the issues related to drudgery reduction technologies for farm women, income generation through small scale household recipes, farm women’s role and problems in agriculture. Dr.K.Sammi Reddy, Director, CRIDA, Chief guest addressed the women farmers’ the KVK role in women empowerment, drudgery management of rural women, nutritional aspects. Dr.Y.G.Prasad, Director, ATARI, guest of honour in his address sought the farmers to utilize the services of KVK by women farmers related to nutrition garden, drudgery equipment, trainings on farm and non-farm activities.
One of the progressive women farmer Smt.Rama Devi from Ranga Reddy District addressed the women farmers on farming, sharing of responsibilities of both home and farm front, health, education of children and to utilize the drudgery reduction technologies developed by PJTSAU for ease of farming activities.
About 250 farm women from Gaddamallaiahguda, Yellammathanda, Tallapally, Eithwarpally, Narrepally, Gummadivelly, Chandanvalli, Thimmareddypally of Ranga Reddy District and Vikarabad district participated in the programme. Women groups from Gaddamallaiahguda, Tallapally, Yellammathanda displayed fabric works, candles, food recipes as a apart of income generation activities of farm women. Exhibitions were organized on farm machinery, livestock medicines, feed mixtures, bio-products, micro irrigation, fodder cafeteria, books and literature on agriculture.