To salute the multidimensional contribution of women in agriculture, a program was organized by the Directorate of Agricultural Production and Farmers Welfare, Jammu here at Baba Jitto, Kisan Kendra, Jammu to mark the commemoration of “Mahila Kisan Diwas”.
AP&FW Director, Jammu, KK Sharma was the main guest on the occasion. A ceremonial lamp was lit by the director and other senior staff to mark the opening of the program which was attended by a good number of women farmers. A series of events took place on this occasion.
In his opening speech, the Director of Agriculture revealed that this year Mahila Kisan Diwas is celebrated under the theme “Millets Empower Women and Provide Nutrition Security”.
He said that women farmers and self-help women’s groups (SHGs) play an important role in the development of agriculture with their significant contribution to reviving the rural economy. He then spoke about the physical and mental well-being of women farmers and highlighted the importance of cultivation and the benefits of millet (a nutritious cereal) for human health.
The director also pointed out that providing value addition to agricultural products at the village level offers encouraging opportunities for women farmers to increase rural incomes. ), training officer led the technical season.
They deliberated on topics such as the importance of millet cultivation, quality food production, vegetable improvement program, agricultural entrepreneurship and various farmer welfare programs.
Later, another program was organized by the Dairy Farmers Association in Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu, in which all issues concerning the dairy sector were discussed in detail. The director of agriculture assured the dairy farmers of all possible assistance from the department, including the availability of quality seeds for the production of green fodder throughout the year.
He advised dairy farmers to have at least 3 months of fodder stock to meet the requirement of the lean season and the contingent plan by silage. Meanwhile, the agriculture manager also participated in the conclusion function of a training program organized by Indian Social Responsibility Network-Cluster. Trade organization based in Trikuta Yatri Bhawan, Jammu.
The intent of the training included the basics of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) formation, FPOS legal compliance, future roadmap and business plan for FPOs. Deputy Director of Agriculture (Marketing), Mahesh Verma, Deputy Director, HPM, Tehseen Chib and others were present on the occasion.