Suttur, Dec. 6, 2020: The ICAR JSS Krishi Vignana Kendra, in association with the Agriculture Department, Periyapatna, Kaanana Krishika Mahileyara Sangha, and Naari Gruhotpannagalu had organised a programme in the Periyapatna Rotary premises, on the occasion of the ‘Woman in Agriculture Day’ celebration on December 4, 2020.
In the introductory speech, Smt. H.V. Divya, Scientist, ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra, Suttur, observed that women are not limited to just kitchen and homemaking, and many women are engaged in various agricultural activities like sowing, reaping, etc., and have become like a backbone in agriculture. She explained that “recognizing the efforts of the contribution of women in the agricultural sector, the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, has decided to observe December 4 of every year as ‘Women in Agriculture Day’ as a token of respect to them.”
Sri A.P. Shivakumar, Assistant Agricultural Director, Periyapatna, inaugurated the programme. In his address, he explained that it is a matter of pride for all of us to identify and respect women farmers who are joining their hands in agricultural activities and its development. “Similar programmes should be held at a much higher-level where they will get more recognition and publicity,” he added.
Smt. Seema Prasad, of Sahaja Samruddhi Samsthe, started her guest lecture calling women farmers as ‘Beeja Maates’ (mothers of seeds), expressing her respect to them. “The efforts of ‘mothers of seeds’ in protecting indigenous variety seeds have helped for the survival of the seeds. We are forgetting indigenous variety seeds, hence you should all protect and develop these seeds as parents care for their children. If you get seeds from us and join hands in growing, we will buy back them,” she assured and also said that it would also bring them more profits.
Another guest speaker agriculture graduate Smt. B.R. Sudha, of Hunsur, explained about the ways that she has adopted in her daily life for good health. She requested the women farmers not to use junk food and instead use homemade food and snacks. She also called upon them to develop a kitchen garden and grow vegetables and use them.
Smt. Neelamma and Smt. Poovi, of Abbalatti Haadi, introduced the names of more than 25 varieties of plants that are available locally and explained its medicinal qualities. A competition on identifying locally available medicinal plants was arranged for the women who participated in the programme. Many men and women participated in the competition. S. G. Jaji secured first place, followed by Basappa Lingapura second place and Akkamma, third place.
Smt. D.C. Shruti, Executive Officer, Taluk Panchayat, Periyapatna, presided over the programme. She said that women farmers should inculcate a habit of growing chemical-free vegetables at least for their use. She also explained that a sum of Rs. 1,500 grants are available to develop kitchen gardens under MGNREGA programme and requested them to utilize it properly.
Smt. Manjula Kalappa, Hittane Hebbagilu, a woman who stopped tobacco cultivation and has been using indigenous seeds and conserving it for the last nine years was felicitated on the occasion. She had borrowed a sum of Rs. 10 lakh loan while she was growing tobacco, resulting in declining soil health and also self-health. Upon advice by one of her well-wisher Smt. Asha, started using and conserving indigenous seeds, along with her husband Kalappa. Now she has cleared all her loans and has grown various types of vegetables in the two-acre land, located in the forest border. The couple has grown vegetables like various colors of brinjal, chili, beans, tomato, greens, carrot, ragi, paddy. As a result of this, they are earning Rs.5 lakh profit annually. “While my role is 25% in conserving indigenous seeds, 75% of the credit goes to my wife Manjula and my two daughters,” said a proud Kalappa.
Smt. Netravathi Yettinamani, Scientist, KVK, explained about various apps like Kisan Rath, Farms, E-Nam. She also gave a vote of thanks. Smt. K.P.Ashakumari, Convener, Naari Household Products compered, and Kum. Akanksha Jain gave an invocation.
Local medicinal quality plant identification competition.
Felicitating women farmer Manjula Kalappa.