A day for women farmers too
Suttur, December 4, 2018: The ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra in association with the Sri Nanjundeshwara Mahila Kalanjiya Okkuta of the DHAAN Foundation had organized the ‘Women’s Day in Agriculture’, a programme on December 4, 2018, at the Badanvaalu village.
Smt. Mangala Somashekar inaugurated the programme and addressed the participants. “There has been a lot of change among the women in our country in the last 10-15 years. But today’s women should also concentrate on protecting their physical and mental health. A country will develop only when the women start taking financial, political and family decisions on their own. Hence, women empowerment is very important,” she said.
Resource person, Smt. Meena Mysura, News Editor, Bengaluru Doordarshan Kendra, in her speech said, “women should not waste time and should try to maintain good physical and mental health. They should have a concern for their overall health. They should consume nutritious food and try to develop a positive attitude towards life. When you get up every day in the morning you should tell yourselves that we are physically and mentally fit. You should love whatever work you do. As we all know the women in earlier days would do all the work by themselves. But nowadays modern lifestyle has reduced our work.”
“Besides cutting plastic usage women should also focus towards undertaking sustainable agriculture,” she added.
Quoting examples of a few progressive women farmers she advised them to make efforts to undertake other economic generating activities like animal husbandry, rabbit rearing, poultry farming, and sheep farming and become independent. “Agriculture is an art of life. The more we love agriculture, it will nurture us more,” she said.
Sri S. S. Raghavendra, Financial Advisor, State Bank of India observed that “the women should save money by undertaking any sub income generating activity.” He provided information about how to use bank accounts, ATM cards, etc. He also explained in detail about the various government benefits like the ‘Atal Pension Scheme,’ and ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana’. He advised the women to give preference to save money in Nationalized banks and also explained to them about cashless transactions.
Sri Govardhan of the ‘DHAAN Foundation’ expressed his view that the women should not forget their culture and traditions and celebrate all the festivals by knowing their speciality. “A strong and healthy body will have a similar mind. Hence, if we have a strong mindset and maintain good health it will boost our confidence of achieving,” he added.
Citing the life of Swami Vivekananda, farmer Sri Umashankar of Bandanavalu village called upon the women to teach their children Swami Vivekananda’s preachings.
Dr. Arun Balamatti, Head, ICAR JSS KVK, in his address observed that the agricultural production of our country is good, but we need to achieve nutrition safety. “Agriculture took birth from women. Agriculture is not a knowledge but it is a skill. We can learn agriculture by involving in it. Agriculture has a history of more than 5,000 years. In Africa, 100% of agricultural activities are carried out by the women. Likewise, the percentage of women in agricultural work in South America is 90% and 70% in India. The role of women in the agricultural sector has still not been identified properly, they have not received the recognition and respect they deserve. They have been deprived of their rights. The objective of this ‘Women’s Day in Agriculture’ is to create awareness among the people about this. Agriculture is a family occupation. It is a kind of work which should be done by all the family members together. The agricultural sector can be developed if women involved in agricultural activities with interest, love, and confidence,” he said.
Smt. Divya H.V., Seed Technology Scientist, JSS KVK and Smt. Netravathi Yettinamani, Scientist shared the importance of the ‘Vasudha Food Products’ and medicinal plants.
Earlier the programme commenced with an invocation Smt. Anitha and Sri Prakash of the DHAAN Foundation. Smt. Divya H.V., of the ICAR JSS KVK, Suttur welcomed the guests and gathering and Smt. Netravathi Yettinamani compered.
About 75 women from Badanavalu village took part in the programme. Sri Prabhushankar of the DHAAN Foundation and Sri Srinivas, PDO, Gram Panchayat, were present.
|Smt. Neela Mahesh, Retd.
News Editor, Mysuru,
addressing the women at the programme.